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    Red face "It" or "they" in the following sentence

    Goodday everybody,

    The following situation.
    You are talking about "the dreamer" but you don't know the gender of the dreamer.

    You say: "The dreamer knows that he or she is asleep."

    But you don't want to keep saying "he or she".

    What is correct:
    "The dreamer knows that it is asleep" or "the dreamer knows that they are asleep"

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: "It" or "they" in the following sentence

    Welcome to the forum, Roeland.

    'The dreamer knows that they are asleep.'

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    Re: "It" or "they" in the following sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Roeland123 View Post
    What is correct:
    "The dreamer knows that it is asleep" or "the dreamer knows that they are asleep"
    It doesn't work. We don't use it for people much, though we do use it for babies if we don't know whether it's a boy or girl. As Rover says, the sentence with they is fine.

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    Re: "It" or "they" in the following sentence

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Roeland:

    You have already received the answer.

    I just wanted to share a thought with you.

    If you want to avoid the "he" / "they" controversy, perhaps you could say / write something like:

    "A dreamer is aware of being asleep."

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    Re: "It" or "they" in the following sentence

    Thank you all for your answers.

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    Re: "It" or "they" in the following sentence

    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.

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