The sentence I've constructed is

"My boss doesn't need to tell everyone what they has to do".

It is correct to use the pronoun "they" here?


Your use of "they" to reflect "everyone" is correct, however your verb should also reflect this

My boss doesn't need to tell everyone what they have to do

  • So in this case 'they' isn't a singular pronoun? I though it could be because i think 'everyone' is singular. Thanks!
    – Iam Toad
    Jul 10 '16 at 19:30
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    @Iam Toad: As Baby Bear said (in some versions), Somebody's been sleeping in my bed – and they're still there! Even though semantically, they is singular, syntactically we still use the plural verb form (are, not is). Jul 10 '16 at 20:30
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    (Also note that everyone is always syntactically singular.) Jul 10 '16 at 20:33

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