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    Default Incorrect? Singular subject with plural pronoun

    I am always told by my English teacher to match plurals to plural, singular to singular. However, I find it not necessary.

    Eg: When a child attends preschool, they get the basics down, the things they should know before going to kindergarten if they want to be academically successful.

    Source: Top Ten List on Why Preschool is Important (website of preschoolfun 'doct' net/1917/top-ten-list-on-why-preschool-is-important/)

    Is it incorret to match "a child" to "they"? Or simply bad grammer?

    Please advise

    Anthony the student

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    Default Re: Incorrect? Singular subject with plural pronoun

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    I would say whoever wrote this was mistaken. 'They' should be 'he' or 'she'.

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    Default Re: Incorrect? Singular subject with plural pronoun

    Using "they" as a gender-neutral singular pronoun has been in practice a long time. Even Shakespeare did it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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