Started by dsanchez, September 12, 2023, 01:57:32
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Quote from: dsanchez on September 12, 2023, 01:57:32There's an ongoing debate specially in the US (certainly this is not a relevant topic here in Central Europe) in the use of pronouns. For example, transgender people would refer themselves with a pronoun different than their sex at birth. Take for example Porl Thompson who is now Pearl Thompson (she). I am totally fine with that. Yes, I will refer Pearl as she.But I personally find absurd people who want to be referred as they/them. Is like you Ulrich coming tomorrow and saying you are "they" So no, I won't be using a plural pronoun to refer to a singular person.Is this a debate at all where you live? Have you encountered anyone who wanted to be referred as they/them?
Quote from: nerdiee on September 14, 2023, 20:38:38In general, when people say to address them with they/them,they do not mean the plural... the pronoun "it" is used so as not to classify oneself as male or female. Such people are in the non-binary gender system
QuoteThe pronoun "they" can be used as a singular pronoun when it is used to refer to a person whose sex is not known or specified. Below are some examples.We need a new manager for the store down town. They will need to have some managerial experience to apply for the job. Find a babysitter who can prove they are responsible and are certified in CPR. An employee will not do a good job if they don't have the right training. Many grammarians and English teachers oppose the use of they (and its other forms: their, them, themselves) as a singular pronoun and encourage students to use "he or she" instead. However, because English does not have a common-gender, or gender neutral, third person singular personal pronoun, writers and speakers often use they. It is a well-established use. It can be used like in the examples above, when the gender of the person referred to is not known, and it can be used to refer to indefinite pronouns such as everyone, someone, and anyone, as in the examples below:Everyone should take their seats.Someone was just here and they left their phone behind.Anyone can learn to ride a bike if they try.