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they or he/she when the gender/count is not known? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence. Which one is correct? Why? Someone called but as soon as they heard my voice they hung up. Someone called but as soon as he/she heard my voice they hung up.
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Plural or singular verbs with singular they [duplicate]

Q. How good is the teacher at that school? A. They're a good teacher. They just sometimes hit(s) their students if the students don't pay any attention to what he's saying, and then call(s) for ...
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Their used for a singular pronoun [duplicate]

Is the following sentence incorrect? Neither of them sent their papers in time for the last seminar. According to my book it is wrong because after neither of in such constructions singular ...
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What are the correct pronouns for referring to someone whom I have never met in person when the gender is apparent?

I want to mention someone whom I know of only by references on the Internet such as forums and blogs(clarification: I want to write about the person, not to write to the person). This person uses a ...
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Noun after “their” must be plural?

Let me choose date of birth as the noun because each person exactly has only one. Which is the correct sentence? A or B? A: They write their date of birth on the given form. B: They write ...
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How to write this sentences in a work proposal?

I am writing a formal work proposal, and I have a question about how to list the items in the index of my proposal. Because English is not my first language (Spanish is), I'd like some help making ...
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Is it acceptable to use “he” as a neutral pronoun?

In Italian, when I am talking about an unknown person, I would use the third person singular, masculine. For example, I could say Chi ha rubato le chiavi alla ragazza è qualcuno che ha potuto ...
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These are they/them or this is they/them [closed]

Which one is correct? I have heard that people tend to say: This is them/they. But according to grammar rules it should be: These are them/they.
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When to use 'Their“ vs ”his or her"?

In the below sentence, we have once used "Their" and then used "his or her". Why? "Since age is not necessarily an indication of lower ability , treating a person less favorably on the basis of their ...
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Combining “one” and “they”: When one learns, they have to

Is it possible to use "one" and "they" in a single sentence like this: When one learns a language, they have to learn about the culture as well. even though each of this pronoun uses a different ...
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Usage of the singular they

So, I was on facebook, and i came across this status some guy had put up. It read, and I quote "When the person you're with tries their hand at writing and aces it." So, I was wondering whether it'd ...
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a good assistant uses their skills to help the master focus on their skills

I have seen this sentence in lots of websites and I'm really confusing about it: a good assistant uses their skills to help the master focus on their skills When A good assistant is singular, ...