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Questions tagged [genderless-pronouns]

Use this tag for questions about the use of pronouns with due regard for gender-neutral language.

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English pronoun for Person as a subject [closed]

what pronoun substitutes the noun -person- for this sentence, please: ie: when a person sees something, x[the person] should call the police.
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Are some schools teaching “They” as genderless singular?

I've read this article in The Atlantic saying that in English schools in Europe, teachers have started teaching pupils the new "they" used as a gender-neutral or genderless singular he/she/it. They ...
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How to address a person, whose gender is unknown, in the email body?

I usually start with 'Dear Sir/Madam' in emails when I don't know the gender of the recipient. However, when I have to reply, it seems awkward to use 'sir/madam'. Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with ...
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Objective gender-neutral pronoun?

One would be evaluated based on: 1. what one does. 2. what is available to ----. Some use "her" for the blank above. I want a gender-neutral pronoun. Can I simply use "one" again?
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Everyone, he/she/it?

Is there a possibility to form the following sentence "gender-independent" in English? Everybody sees, what he/she wants to see. What can I use instead of he/she? Additionally: How can I give this ...
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What pronoun should i use if i want to indicate something in general

When I want to use “the” definite article to refer to things in general like: The cow is a useful animal; pronoun ... The doctor works in hospital; pronoun ... The lion is the king of the ...
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“his or her own” vs. “their own”

Compare: Everybody likes his or her own child. vs Everybody likes their own child. Are both of these sentences natural to a native speaker? I want to mean the same thing in both of them. Can I ...
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The usage of “she” and “her” in neutral cases

I am reading an article now and facing some strange usage of pronouns: An agent’s probabilities are defined by her willingness to place or accept any bets she believes to be favorable to her on the ...
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Why do people use they/them pronoun for a single person?

I see a lot of people using they/them pronoun on their twitter handles. And when I googled about it, I have come to know that it is a Gender-neutral pronouns. However, isn't it wrong to use words ...
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Missing Part of Speech? Gender Neutral third person pronoun [duplicate]

Is there a gender neutral third person pronoun in English? Say I wanted to tell someone to "forward the email to him/her". Is there a word to replace "him/her" if the gender is unknown? Perhaps "them"?...
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There is no singular, gender-neutral collective pronoun. (from Quora) [duplicate]

From Quora by C Stuart Hardwick (Award-Winning Sci-fi Author) from Houston, TX Many people would say "Everyone should save their questions until the end", but this is widely regarded as wrong. The ...
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Is “singular they” widely used?

I often use singular they to keep my sentences gender neutral. Many of my friends (none of them are native speakers), however, consider this to be grammatically incorrect, and suggest me not to use it ...
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Possessive noun for genderless word

I have a genderless word (a student), but I need to use the possessive pronoun for it. I think of four possibilities: their, his/her, her, and its. When a student has a process, the student can ...
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How to avoid gender dependent pronouns? [duplicate]

I have always problem with finding a suitable sentence to avoid a gender dependent pronoun. I know I can use "they" or "their", but if there were other options to totally omit them, I would prefer ...
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using their in this case

Is it okay to use their in this case: If one is driving a smelly car, it is most likely that their hygiene is horrible. Well, their is definitely plural, and one is singular, so I think it ...
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The use of “he” as a gender neutral pronoun on a formal writing

I made the following composition. It was meant to be a formal writing. Most proponents of euthanasia say that it is allowed only when the patient is willing to receive it. However, when the ...
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if he/she reasonably believe — no “s”?

Example with a context: In the United States, stand-your-ground law is a law that authorizes a person to protect and defend one's own life and limb against threat or perceived threat, and states ...
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Singular they and gender neutrality

Gender neutrality seems like a tough nut in English. "One" seems very helpful, but since it's pretty difficult to phrase a right question regarding its usage because of the countless possible uses of ...
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Which pronoun best suits to “man” as human in general?

When "man" is used as a general pronoun for humans, which gender (female, or male) does it have? For example, how should the following statement be corrected? Today’s man, besides the physical ...
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A “user” is “it” or “he/she”?

I'm not sure what is right and what not. I've searched on Google and could not find an answer to this. How should I write this: I'm speaking about a user. It is the main problem. The question is. ...
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Is referring to a specific definite person of KNOWN gender as “they” acceptable?

Egalitarianism and anti-sexism seem to be strict norms in English-speaking societies. I think a majority of people advocate the use of they when referring to a specific definite person whose gender is ...
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Is there a gender-neutral pronoun that can replace “his” or “her”? [duplicate]

This post has two parts: (a) a question and (b) a proposal. (a) Often, particularly while writing technical papers or user's manuals, I have come across a situation where I need to say: A user ...
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Gender free accusative/possessive nouns [duplicate]

If you do not want to differentiate gender of a person being referred to, for instance in public or legal notices, why is there no single word for the following word pairs? (he,she), (him,her), {his,...
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Can you refer to somebody using “they”?

In "The Troubles" of U2, there is this : Somebody stepped inside your soul Somebody stepped inside your soul Little by little they robbed and stole Till someone else was in control What I ...
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Why use “their” after “someone”?

"Someone has forgotten their book". Why can we use 'Their" and what's the difference if instead of "their" we use "his/her"?
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Gender neutral word for alumna/alumnus

1.I read in a grammar book that the gender neutral word for alumna/alumnus is "alum", but I couldn't find the word anywhere else.The word alum also means-a specific chemical compound.So is the usage ...
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Anyone can find the answer himself vs. anyone can find the answer themselves: what reflexive pronoun should I use with anyone/anybody?

I am wondering which following form is correct: Anyone can find the answer himself. Anyone can find the answer themselves. More generally, what reflexive pronoun should I use with anyone/anybody?
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Collective 'they' for singular subject: socio-linguistic impact [closed]

As an introduction to my question, this is a more-than-useful reference: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/he-or-she-versus-they In my days I was taught (English as a foreign language) that, ...
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clarification on using pronoun his/him against context [closed]

In this android application, in pronoun test, they have a question If anyone calls,tell ___________ that I'll be back in half an hour option 1 : his/her option 2 : him/her option 3 :...
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Are “one” and “one's” used correctly in these two sentences?

Is the following paragraph correct in a formal English article? Or there is a better way to write it? My doubt is about one and one's. Are they used in the paragraph correctly? Thanks One also can ...
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3rd person singular (he or she)

I see sentences with (he or she) like : How to know if he or she is the best one for you? Give a Person Power and He or She Will Show Interpersonal Sensitivity. It's possible to use just one ...
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Each person have or has? And about “it”?

Each person have or each person has? And more: Each person have/has its own way to learn or each person have/has his own way to learn? I'm asking this because I found some contradictions on the ...
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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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Grammatical number agreement in a complex phrase using singular “they”

Answering another question, I used the following phrase: Your reader is [...], but they are a busy person. I have two difficulties here: In the first phrase, a reader, being singular noun, ...