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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 01:16 PM

3. I do not like "they" being used as a singular pronoun! Informally, fine, but for the sake of

clarity, just no. We start breaking grammatical convention in formal writing, which exist to facilitate clarity and comprehension, and...well, what’s next? “It’s” and “its” errors will become perfectly acceptable.

However, if “they” is understood by a community of readers to be the preferred pronoun to signify
a person who does not choose to be identified as the binary, limiting “he” or “she,” fine, or if a social group wants to set its own conventions so as to make a political statement, re-educate readers, that is fine too as long as the pronoun agreement is consistent. Inconsistencies are the mark of laziness and lead to confusion, not agreed upon new rules.

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