Monday, December 28, 2015

Washington Post Permits Using “They” as a Single Person Pronoun

Here is an excerpt from the email sent to the Post’s newsroom: 

they, their, etc.

It is usually possible, and preferable, to recast sentences as plural to avoid both the sexist and antiquated universal default to male pronouns and the awkward use of he or she, him or her and the like: All students must complete their homework, not Each student must complete his or her homework. When such a rewrite is impossible or hopelessly awkward, however, what is known as “the singular they” is permissible: Everyone has their own opinion about the traditional grammar rule. The singular they is also useful in references to people who identify as neither male nor female.

To see more new changes at the Post, please click here at Blogslot.

Here’s Professor Bruce Ching’s rap/rant against using “they” as a singular pronoun.


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