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Autor:  pat
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Data:  07/JAN/2003 11:01 AM
Assunto:  Re: The controversy of sexist language in English
 
Mensagem:  Hi Ron As the article points out, "they" and "them" and "their" are often used to refer to the singular. I agree that phenomenon will probably become increasingly common even among the most literate and educated speakers, until it eventually is considered "correct" usage. The comparison to the situation between "you" and "thou" is a good one. However, due to that shift, we effectively lost the posessive "thine"; "yours" now is singular and plural. By the way, many Americans say "youse" as a plural form of "you". This was caused by Irish influence in major cities. Not to be confused with the plural "y'all" (you all) of the southern states, an older phenomenon. So many Americans do use a version of "vocês".


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
The controversy of sexist language in English  –  Ron  07/JAN/2003, 3:47 AM
 Re: The controversy of sexist language in English  –  pat  07/JAN/2003, 11:01 AM
Re: The controversy of sexist language in English  –  Ricardo - EMB -  07/JAN/2003, 3:43 PM

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