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    Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Guys, I read this sentence on one of these web pages about idiom meanings

    "If a person helps you in your time of need then they are a true friend."

    So, I have two questions:

    First, is this sentence correct?

    Second, when we doesn't know the gender of the person as in this example above we use he or she to make a sentence?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Fotogênicas Brasil; 28-Dec-2013 at 13:17.

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Yes, the sentence is correct.

    If you don't know the gender of the person, then feel free to use "they." It's been a common way to express the third-person singular of unknown sex for a long time.

    You could also say "A person who helps you in your time of need is a true friend" and avoid the issue.
    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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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    FB, please note that a better title would have been they are a true friend.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fotogênicas Brasil View Post
    Guys, I read this sentence on one of these web pages about idiom meanings

    "If a person helps you in your time of need then they are a true friend."

    So, I have two questions:

    First, is this sentence correct?

    Second, when we doesn't know the genre of the person as in this example above we use he or she to make a sentence?

    Thanks in advance.
    You can also avoid the issue by using the plural.

    If people help you in your time of need, then they are true friends.

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