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#3 - imnotevensorry (05/19/2013) [-]
And they did a damn fine job.
#48 to #3 - anon (05/19/2013) [-]
User avatar #73 to #48 - mikelan (05/19/2013) [-]
We don't know whether it's a male or a female, though.
In this case 'they' refers to 1 person of unknown gender.
#112 to #73 - anon (05/19/2013) [-]
Let's be honest - chances that it was female are pretty slim.
User avatar #113 to #112 - mikelan (05/19/2013) [-]
#92 to #73 - anon (05/19/2013) [-]
Techinically, if it's one person, you can't use "they." You can elect to use "the person," or something like that in this situation.
User avatar #95 to #92 - mikelan (05/19/2013) [-]
There is still an ongoing debate about whether or not using the 'singular they' is grammatically acceptable. However, it has been used by famous writers back in 1400.
And it's not that big of an issue anyways; the sentence is still perfectly readable.

But yes, technically it is not (yet) a correct usage of the word 'they'.
User avatar #148 to #95 - hektoroftroy (05/19/2013) [-]
i always use "they" to indicate a singular person of no specified gender, and all my friends always get confused even though a majority of people i know use it that way.
english sucks man
User avatar #149 to #148 - mikelan (05/19/2013) [-]
I'm lucky I learned it at such a young age. Most of my classmates really struggle to grasp the complicated grammar of the English language.
User avatar #150 to #149 - hektoroftroy (05/19/2013) [-]
Then again, most American adults seem to not have a very firm grasp on the English language either.
User avatar #94 to #92 - strelokkk (05/19/2013) [-]
I used once the singular "they" in English class (I'm not in an English-speaking country so it's very basic stuff) and the teacher told me "no ! it's impossible blah blah you can't use they if there's only one person". I had an argument with her, because I've read (many times through books, video games, Internet...) "they" referring to a single person whose gender is undefined. She stayed on her point, but I can not trust her (I often correct her because she doesn't speak perfectly and thus make many grammar mistakes, but she never appreciate it... which I understand, but I don't really give a **** since she dislikes me and I share this feeling about her...)

User avatar #96 to #94 - strelokkk (05/19/2013) [-]
Sorry I forgot to explain my point, which is :

I'm not quite sure whether or not it is "grammatically correct" to use the singular they, but everyone does it, so it doesn't sound weird to me, and I'm perfectly fine with it
#102 to #96 - anon (05/19/2013) [-]
Get out of here Stalker.
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