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Posted 5/17/10 , edited 5/17/10
Which pronoun would you use to replace a gender-neutral noun?

For example, if you are introduced by a mutual friend to a person of indeterminate gender, say Aberdeen, and you wish to introduce that person to someone else, but not in his presence, which pronoun would you use?
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Posted 5/17/10 , edited 5/17/10
This person name is Blank live at that. It may be smart to ask the what gendar they want to be called.
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'hello this is my friend, name...

Have you met my friend....

now introducing someone who has made much of a difference in my life....

Wen times are tough (name) has always been their for me....


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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'hello this is my friend, name...

Have you met my friend....

now introducing someone who has made much of a difference in my life....

Wen times are tough (name) has always been their for me....




Singular 'They'?
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orangeflute wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'hello this is my friend, name...

Have you met my friend....

now introducing someone who has made much of a difference in my life....

Wen times are tough (name) has always been their for me....




Singular 'They'?


'You introduce your friends separately would be the polite thing to do, acknowledging gender is not "necessary." Equality after all. "

'If your introducing your friends to more than on person you still talk to one at a time, its a show of respect.
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Posted 5/18/10

orangeflute wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'hello this is my friend, name...

Have you met my friend....

now introducing someone who has made much of a difference in my life....

Wen times are tough (name) has always been their for me....




Singular 'They'?


I think he meant 'their' as 'there', and 'wen' as when.

"When times are tough (name) has always been there for me..."
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Ryutai-Desk wrote:


orangeflute wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'hello this is my friend, name...

Have you met my friend....

now introducing someone who has made much of a difference in my life....

Wen times are tough (name) has always been their for me....




Singular 'They'?


I think he meant 'their' as 'there', and 'wen' as when.

"When times are tough (name) has always been there for me..."


'My mistake..' English is not by best subject. As for third languages, go I think I do pretty well with it.

Now if we jump into the science lab, That is where I am at home. Anything from Bioengineering to the study of matter in all forms.
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'My mistake..' English is not by best subject. As for third languages, go I think I do pretty well with it.

Now if we jump into the science lab, That is where I am at home. Anything from Bioengineering to the study of matter in all forms.


Mistake means you can improve further. I also meets many mistakes when it comes to grammar. I hope you check your study first in Bio-Engineering before you publish it to professor or public, so they'll acknowledge you more. =)
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I have silly Question if the person dress and act as the opposite sex, the get a man into bed before the telling him. Should the male have the right to beat the blank out of him/her? I believe being up front in interpersonal personal relationships honesty is the best policy. Now if there just kicking around and do not like them they should walk away, no-harm no- foul as far as am concerned. By the way I have many aquatints from all walks of life.
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I wouldn't use 'they'. If Aberdeen does have a gender, but merely I don't know which of the two it is, I would use 'him or her', as awkward that may sound. In the unlikely cause that Aberdeen is a being which has no gender, I would simply resort to 'it', 'it' being the neutral option.
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Posted 5/19/10 , edited 5/19/10

Ryutai-Desk wrote:


orangeflute wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'hello this is my friend, name...

Have you met my friend....

now introducing someone who has made much of a difference in my life....

Wen times are tough (name) has always been their for me....




Singular 'They'?


I think he meant 'their' as 'there', and 'wen' as when.

"When times are tough (name) has always been there for me..."


No, I'm pretty sure he means 'they' as in-

'Well, a person can't help their birth.'
or
'Will each student please hand in their homework.'

In both of the above, a singular, gender neutral noun is being replaced.

How is this relevant?

Well, in the internet, we do not really know the gender of the person whom we may to speak of thanks to the Internet's anonymity .
Posted 5/22/10
I am no English professor, yet I can hold my own by writing a proper sentence. At least I think I can.
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Posted 5/22/10 , edited 5/22/10

Baka_Gaijin wrote:

I am no English professor, yet I can hold my own by writing a proper sentence. At least I think I can.


So, what would you use?

Would you say:

'To each, their own',
'To each, his or her own',
or
'To each, his own'?
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Posted 5/22/10
Couldn't you refer to it as an it ? And if not, why not ?
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Posted 5/23/10 , edited 5/23/10

Allhailodin wrote:

Couldn't you refer to it as an it ? And if not, why not ?


It is usually reserve to inanimate objects or inhuman objects, such as a television or a cat, so, I don't think so. But, what do I know, I am not a professor of English, and, indeed, English is not my first language.

Below is a list of all words that have been proposed and shot down:
http://www.english.illinois.edu/-people-/faculty/debaron/essays/epicene.htm

Here is a link on the same problem:
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/750/is-there-a-gender-neutral-substitute-for-his-or-her
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