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Re: Prefer non-gender specific pronouns

From: L A Walsh
Subject: Re: Prefer non-gender specific pronouns
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2021 13:29:12 -0700
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On 2021/06/06 04:48, Léa Gris wrote:
Le 06/06/2021 à 11:33, Ilkka Virta écrivait :
In fact, that generic 'they' is so common and accepted, that you just used
it yourself
in the part I quoted above.

Either you're acting in bad faith, or you're so confused by your gender-neutral delusion that you don't remember that in normal people's grammar, "they" is a plural pronoun.
Not in America:

They has been officially recognized as correct by several key bodies such as the Associated Press. Similarly, the Chicago Manual of Style now notes that the singular "they" is common in informal communication (while acknowledging that it has yet to attain the same ubiquity in formal spaces).
a —used with a singular indefinite pronoun antecedent No one has to go if they don't want to.Everyone knew where they stood …— E. L. Doctorow

b —used with a singular antecedent to refer to an unknown or unspecified person An employee with a grievance can file a complaint if they need to.The person who answered the phone said they didn't know where she was.

c —used to refer to a single person whose gender is intentionally not revealed A student was found with a knife and a BB gun in their backpack Monday, district spokeswoman Renee Murphy confirmed. The student, whose name has not been released, will be disciplined according to district policies, Murphy said. They also face charges from outside law enforcement, she said.— Olivia Krauth

d —used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary (see nonbinary sense c) I knew certain things about … the person I was interviewing.… They had adopted their gender-neutral name a few years ago, when they began to consciously identify as nonbinary—that is, neither male nor female. They were in their late 20s, working as an event planner, applying to graduate school.— Amy Harmon

APA endorses the use of “they” as a singular third-person pronoun in the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. This means it is officially good practice in scholarly writing to use the singular “they.”Oct 31, 2019

3 different sources say 'they' is fine for use in a singular context.

How many more authorities do you think it will take before most people
are convinced "they" is the preferred sex-indefinite pronoun in
current, or modern use?

I remember back when I was in grammar school this not being the case,
deary, the way this non-dead language, English, keeps changing.  You
certainly wouldn't find this happening in Latin! ;-)

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