01/JUN/2003 9:20 AM
||Re: Is it correct?
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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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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