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    "he" or "she"

    When I see a person, the person looks like a man but I am not sure.

    Besides “I think the person is a man”.

    Which of the following is correct to say:

    1. I think he is a man.
    “he” implies that I know the person is a male, use of “he” does not agree with
    the uncertainty expression “I think”.

    2. I think she is a man.
    “she” does not agree with the complement “man”

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    Re: "he" or "she"

    If the person looks like a man, you can say "I think he's a man." (For example, you're looking at a poor quality video of a crime being committed, and you're trying to identify the perpetrator, who appears to be a man.)

    If the person looks like a woman, but you suspect that person is a man, you can say "I think she's a man." (For example, you're with a friend in a Bangkok nightclub, and a beautiful woman approaches you. But you notice an Adam's apple and a bit of stubble.)

    But depending on the circumstance, you could offend some people. For example, some transgender people may object to such statements.
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    Re: "he" or "she"

    In bubbha's example of trying to identify a person in a crime video, I would probably say "I think it's a man/woman".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "he" or "she"

    I'd be more likely to say "I think that's a man" in the crime video example.
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