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    itecompro is offline Newbie
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    Question he/she uses or they use?

    Hi.

    What is the usage rule of "he/she" when we don't know the sex of the person?

    he or she uses / they uses / they use?
    his or her book / their book / their books?

    which one is correct for writing and which one for speaking?

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    Default Re: he/she uses or they use?

    Both are correct. I personally find the first one too long, and thus use they/their more often.

    EDIT: Of course I mean the first two forms in both examples.
    Last edited by lsah3; 28-Apr-2013 at 12:59.

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    Default Re: he/she uses or they use?

    They uses is incorrect.

    Book or books depends on the number of books not the number of owners.
    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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