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    lagoo is offline Member
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    When a child loses his baby tooth

    When a child loses his baby tooth, they put it under the pillow before going to sleep.


    This sentence comes from a TV drama, and I am puzzled why in the main clause the word "they" is used instead of "he".

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    Re: When a child loses his baby tooth

    Because girls do it too. The sentence should begin 'When a child uses their baby tooth ...'

    'They/them/their' are standard third person singular pronouns when the person's gender is unknown.

    If you don't like the sound of that, say 'When children lose baby teeth, they put them under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy'.

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