[lit-ideas] Re: grades & kleenex

  • From: "Judith Evans" <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 04:13:31 +0100

I forgot

>What is he/she if not third person singular?

they are third person gender-specific pronouns. I assumed the teacher was
trying to cope with the problem that poses (for some of us, anyway).

Judy Evans
jaye@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: grades & kleenex


on 5/6/04 5:17 PM, Judith Evans at judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> I said the teacher's words were
>
> "an attempt, albeit flawed, to cope with the problem." and
>
> "'They' third person singular is perfectly acceptable, and not only of
> late."
>
> That you read this as an endorsement of
>
>> He/she agreeing with "they"?
>
> is perhaps your problem.
>
Could you provide an example of the acceptable use you have in mind?

What is he/she if not third person singular?  And if it is replaced in a
second iteration in a sentence with "they," I would say there is a problem
of agreement.  What am I not understanding?

David Ritchie
Portland, Oregon


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