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    Is it acceptable to use 3rd person form after "they" in contexts like this one?

    Do you know Jamie? To see what they shares with friends, send them a friend request or message them.

    I'd use "share", but then again "they" could be substituted with "he or she" and then "shares" would be OK.
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    No, it's not OK. He (or she) shares fits here.

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    Default Re: what they shares

    If you've used a name, there is no need for 'they'. We know that it's one person, and we know the gender.
    Last edited by 5jj; 05-Mar-2013 at 06:30. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: what they shares

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    ... ans we know the gender.
    Jamie could be a girl's name too, couldn't it?
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    Default Re: what they shares

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Jamie could be a girl's name too, couldn't it?
    Yes. But if I don't know (of) a person called Jamie, then I am probably not going to use their name.

    In that particular sentence, above, 'their' might be appropriate. In the original, the speaker would use 'his' or 'her' as appropriate.

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