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    Smile he vs she vs he/she

    Hello to everybody,

    I am new to this forum but it seems exactly what I was looking for.

    May I start with asking you a question?

    I am writing formal academic documents and I am often undecided which pronoun to use when I refer to a generic individual. For instances, take the sentence: "Individual A goes shopping. When SHE gets back home...". Here I used "she", sometimes I see the pronoun "he", sometimes even "he/she".

    My guess is that "she" is the American politically correct way, "he/she" is the British one, although tedious. "he" is not formally correct.

    Am I right? Which one would you suggest me to use?

    Many thanks for your help!


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    Re: he vs she vs he/she

    He is the correct pronoun. Anything else is a non-standard variation.

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