Re: Gender neutral - any new developments in your neck of the woods?

Subject: Re: Gender neutral - any new developments in your neck of the woods?
From: "Samuel Choy" <schoy -at- us -dot- ibm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 17:13:11 -0600




Greetings,

Is anyone a fan of using "they" as the gender neutral singular pronoun
of choice? For example:

"The first time a user accesses their account, they will have to enter
their e-mail address and give praise to tech writers everywhere."
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Just when you though it was safe to look in your inbox!

Seriously, though, I don't use "their" or "they" as a singular pronoun. I
use second person:

"The first time you access your account, you will have to enter your....."

Or I make the subject plural:

"The first time users access their account, they will......"


Samuel Choy
http://www.ibm.com/eserver/iseries/infocenter


My opinions are my own, and not IBMs.



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