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My friend said, " I watched a movie yesterday."

While changing the above sentence into indirect speech what do we replace the pronoun I with when the gender of "my friend l" is unknown.

Can we say

My friend said that he/she had watched a movie the previous day.

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Yes.

he or she is more standard grammar.

But note that in the real world you are most likely to know your friend's gender!

Clive

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You mean you don't know the gender of your friend!?

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Thank you sir.

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I was worried about answering such question in an exam.

cliverob33

I was worried about answering such question in an exam.

If you know the gender, which you surely will if the person is a friend of yours, then use "he" or "she", as appropriate.

Generally, in situations where the gender of a person is not known, use "they", which can be considered to be gender-neutral if necessary.

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BillJGenerally, in situations where the gender of a person is not known, use "they", which can be considered to be gender-neutral if necessary.

That's the best reply. It can also be used when someone does not want or need to mention a gender. Using he/she is also wordy.