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    The thirteen year old child.

    "A thirteen year old person is themselves a child. They cannot babysit an infant."

    Please check.

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    #2

    Re: The thirteen year old child.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "A thirteen-year-old person is themselves a child. They cannot babysit an infant."

    Please check.
    With the hyphens I've added above, it's correct. I wouldn't bother with "person" but it's not wrong.

    Bear in mind that the rules/laws/personal feelings on this matter are different in different countries. Even in the UK, there are no clear-cut rules.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: The thirteen year old child.

    For me, themself is more logical than themselves in this sentence, where the subject is logically singular.


    • A thirteen-year-old is themself a child.
    • Thirteen-year-olds are themselves children.

    I do think the latter is the more natural phrasing.

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