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Autor:  m robertson
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Data:  01/JUN/2003 9:20 AM
Assunto:  Re: Is it correct?
 
Mensagem:  The problem is that English lacks a gender non-specific singular pronoun

So if a teenage boy/girl is on the phone when they should be doing their homework and is confronted by a concerned parent they will need to resort to ‘they’ to avoid giving away the gender of the caller

“Oh it was just a friend, they (he? she?) wanted to know how the assignment is going” (likely story!!)

So I’d say the example sentence is not only perfectly correct but an example of the flexibility that is sometimes necessary to overcome linguistic deficiencies.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Is it correct?  –  Ronaldo Cardoso  01/JUN/2003, 8:38 AM
 Re: Is it correct?  –  m robertson  01/JUN/2003, 9:20 AM
'It' as a neutral singular pronoun  –  José Roberto  02/JUN/2003, 10:12 AM
Re: 'It' as a neutral singular pronoun  –  Miguel Vieira  02/JUN/2003, 4:31 PM
Re: 'It' as a neutral singular pronoun  –  pat  02/JUN/2003, 6:29 PM
Re: Is it correct?  –  Roberto Gomes  03/JUN/2003, 9:27 AM
Re: Political correctness  –  Miguel Vieira  01/JUN/2003, 3:38 PM
Re: Political correctness  –  Elsa  01/JUN/2003, 6:07 PM
pronoun deficiency  –  m robertson  01/JUN/2003, 11:25 PM
Re: Political correctness  –  pat  02/JUN/2003, 7:58 AM
Re: Political correctness  –  Miguel Vieira  02/JUN/2003, 4:18 PM
Re: Political correctness  –  pat  02/JUN/2003, 6:22 PM
Re: Is it correct?  –  André Oliveira  02/JUN/2003, 9:36 AM

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