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    Is a baby a "it"?

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    Used to refer to that one previously mentioned. Used of a nonhuman entity; an animate being whose sex is unspecified, unknown, or irrelevant; a group of objects or individuals; an action; or an abstraction:

    I just read such a horrible sentence from a book.

    Have you decided to breast-feed your baby or feed it infant formula?




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    #2
    Maybe it is just a 1-month-old baby. Sex remains mysterious.

    :)


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    #3
    I suppose the author wanted to avoid using him or her. I don't find it that shocking, since it's not his or her baby

    FRC

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    #4

    Re: Is a baby a "it"?

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
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    Used to refer to that one previously mentioned. Used of a nonhuman entity; an animate being whose sex is unspecified, unknown, or irrelevant; a group of objects or individuals; an action; or an abstraction:

    I just read such a horrible sentence from a book.

    Have you decided to breast-feed your baby or feed it infant formula?


    A baby of undetermined gender is often called "it", but not usually around its mother.


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    #5
    Thanks, Mike.

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