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Re: About the use of epicene "they" in technical documents.

* Charles Plessy [Thu, 14 Aug 2008 08:35:56 +0900]:

> please have some pity for the non-native speakers, who are taught that
> "they" is the third person plural pronoun.

I'm not a native speaker, and of course the singular they was never
mentioned to me in school, but I didn't find it particularly hard to
understand when I first encountered it.

I'll reckon it can be surprising at first but -honestly- do you think
it's complicated enough that should be regarded as something "better
avoided" when talking to non-natives?


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