Singular They: The Pronoun That Came in from the Cold

Altieri, Joan Taber
August 2006
Vocabula Review;Aug2006, Vol. 8 Issue 8, p1
Academic Journal
The article discusses the battle for nonsexist language in English. The author mentions that one of the problems is created by the fact that English does not have a grammatically acceptable gender-free third-person singular pronoun to reference a person. He contends that the singular "they" which is used in speech by native English speakers can be problematic in writing since writing makes one reluctant to break prescriptive rules.


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