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    Go to the doctor. They will help you.

    Is it correct to say "Go to the doctor. They will help you"?
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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Go to the doctor. They will help you.

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Is it correct to say "Go to the doctor. They He/She will help you"?
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Go to the doctor. They will help you.

    And if I don't know if it's "he' or 'she'? Can I just say "he"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Go to the doctor. They will help you.

    If you really don't know, you can use the generic "they". By saying "he", you are indicating that you know it's a man.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Go to the doctor. They will help you.

    These days, in the NHS, people rarely get to see the GP they're registered with. I'm registered with a specific doctor at my surgery but I haven't had an appointment with her for over eight years. When I phone for an appointment, I take the first appointment available, no matter who it's with. Some patients insist on seeing the doctor they're registered with even if it means a long wait. Most of us gave up on that practice a long time ago!

    I agree that if you're going to A&E (Casualty) because it's an emergency, you would use "they" to refer to the whole department.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Go to the doctor. They will help you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If disliking the implicit assumption that professionals must be male (something's missing here), then many Americans I know would take 'snowflake' as a compliment.
    This one would. Oddly enough, my mother couldn't appreciate the linguistic implication of using masculine pronouns as neuter. She learned English academically, as a fourth or fifth language, and just accepted that rule as natural. She was perfectly happy to be called "Madame Chairman", for example.

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