1 2 3 4 5 6 7
As ever in this perpetual issue, it seems that the clueless (i.e., the ones who just "don't get singular 'they'") ... you are unable or unwilling to learn how to use this particular construction, then that's fine . . . .

So another of its charms is that instead of the strikingly simple use of "he or she" or "his or her" or any of the many childlishly simple ways of avoiding such things if wanted, we must needs acquire a new set of special skill tools for using this "simplifying improvement". As I read somewhere recently, /sigh/.
Hula hoops, pet rocks, singular "they", disco, chia pets . . . if one or another is to your taste, then so it is.

Cordially,
Eric Walker
My opinions on English are available at
http://owlcroft.com/english /
On 11/29/03 4:34 PM, in article
Hula hoops, pet rocks, singular "they", disco, chia pets . . . if one or another is to your taste, then so it is.

See what I mean?
Hey, Eric, don't leave out baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
As ever in this perpetual issue, it seems that the ... wrong, and an extra "wrong" thrown in for good measure.

So another of its charms is that instead of the strikingly simple use of "he or she" or "his or ... such things if wanted, we must needs acquire a new set of special skill tools for using this "simplifying improvement".

No! There is no new skill required since singular "they" has been around for many, many centuries more than the clumsy and ugly "he or she".
It is those people who can't get their heads around this age-old bit of everyday English who are trying to introduce a new set of special skills, what you call a "simplifying improvement", where there is absolutely no need for the vast majority of English-speakers.

Actually I would be very surprised if you didn't use "they" etc in the days of your youth before you started thinking about language and thus became so terribly confused ;-)

Dave OSOS#24 (Email Removed) Remove my gerbil for email replies

Yamaha XJ900S & Wessex sidecar, the sexy one
Yamaha XJ900F & Watsonian Monaco, the comfortable one

http://dswindell.members.beeb.net