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    The dictionary says that "fall out" means "to argue with someone and stop being friendly with them".

    Why don't we say him/her instead of them?
    Doesn't someone mean only one person?

    By the way, should I put the period before the close quotation mark?

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    Hmmm. Which dictionary?

    There are differing opinions about using a plural pronoun in a singular use when the gender is unknown. It is widely accepted in informal English, but I am surprised that you found it in a dictionary. I would have used "that person" in that sentence.

    The enclosure of periods in quotation marks is also debatable. I would accept you sentence as is. Others in AE would insist that all periods must go inside quotation marks.
    it's a Cambridge dictionary... :(

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    Ah! OK. Cambridge is a good company. Some its resources lean toward the informal. :wink:

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    Default Re: someone/them

    Quote Originally Posted by bread
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    Quote Originally Posted by bread
    The dictionary says that "fall out" means "to argue with someone and stop being friendly with them".

    Why don't we say him/her instead of them?
    Doesn't someone mean only one person?

    By the way, should I put the period before the close quotation mark?

    Thanks! :o
    Hmmm. Which dictionary?

    There are differing opinions about using a plural pronoun in a singular use when the gender is unknown. It is widely accepted in informal English, but I am surprised that you found it in a dictionary. I would have used "that person" in that sentence.

    The enclosure of periods in quotation marks is also debatable. I would accept you sentence as is. Others in AE would insist that all periods must go inside quotation marks.
    it's a Cambridge dictionary... :(

    Thanks!
    Ah! OK. Cambridge is a good company. Some its resources lean toward the informal. :wink:

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