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Everyone Uses Singular ‘They,’ Whether They Realize It Or Not | LGBTPost

Everyone Uses Singular ‘They,’ Whether They Realize It Or Not

Talk about belated recognition. At its meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, theAmerican Dialect Society voted to make the 600-year-old pronoun "they" their word of the year for 2015. Or more precisely, a particular use of that pronoun that grammarians call the singular "they." This is the "they" that doesn’t care whether it’s referring to a male or female. As in "If I get a call, tell them they can call me back." Or "Did someone leave their books here?"

 

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