The singular they, their and themselves have been used for several hundred years by fine writers.
God send everyone their heart’s desire.
But how can you talk with a person if they always say the same thing.
I know when I like a person directly I see them.
These days the generic ‘he’ is unacceptable for referring to both men and women, but the alternative ‘he/she’ or ‘h/she’ looks ugly.
Although the singular they is acceptable, it can sometimes look clumsy.
When an employee enters the data, they must remember to save it.
Other ways of working around this problem are to use:
- The plural
When employees enter the data, they must remember to save it.
- Second person
When you enter the data, remember to save it.
- First person plural
We all need to avoid sexist writing.
Read more about this topic at http://www.editorscanberra.org/a-singular-use-of-they
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