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    Default Pronouns refering to jobs

    When sb asks me the question: " What is a nurse?" can I start my answer with the pronoun "it" as in " It is a person who takes care of patients"?
    What about the phrase: " What does a nurse do?" should I start with " it, she, he or they?"
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    Victor

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    Q: What is a nurse?
    A: A nurse is a person who takes care of patients.

    Q: What does a nurse do?
    A: A nurse dispenses medicines, monitors a patient's vital signs, aids patients in their recovery, etc.

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    Default Re: Pronouns refering to jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by vdos2
    When sb asks me the question: " What is a nurse?" can I start my answer with the pronoun "it" as in " It is a person who takes care of patients"?
    What about the phrase: " What does a nurse do?" should I start with " it, she, he or they?"
    Thanks,
    Victor
    It depends on you- traditionalists use 'he' for such cases, but in a case like 'nurse', they might use 'she' in keeping with the image of the profession. Others use 'he or she', which I find clumsy. I use 'they'. ;-0

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