[Mailman-i18n] was vs. they
mss at mawhrin.net
Fri Jul 11 18:20:28 EDT 2003
On Thu, Jul 10, 2003 at 10:07:44AM -0700, Ben Gertzfield wrote:
> This is not technically correct English, but it's a very common usage.
> Since there is no gender-neutral way in English to refer to a person
> whose gender is unknown (in this case, the owner of the email address)
> the word "they" in a singular sense is often used for this purpose.
I think that the classical grammar suggests that "she" is the right
replacement. While in the modern English, this "gender-neutral" "she"
tends to be replaced with "they".
Disclaimer. I am not a native speaker, that's what I was said by a
English teacher. :))
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