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    #1

    he/she

    Is ________ a boy or a girl?

    * I would use "he" here IMO. Any comments!
    Can I use they here?

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    #2

    Re: he/she

    If we're talking about a baby, we say:
    Is it a boy or a girl?
    ~R

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    #3

    Re: he/she

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    If we're talking about a baby, we say:
    Is it a boy or a girl?
    ~R

    What if it's a student. One told me of an exchange student to visit them these days.
    How do I ask it to her?

    Is the student a boy or a girl? - this seems right!

    but what if I wish to use a pronoun :

    Is ____ a boy or a girl?

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    #4

    Re: he/she

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    What if it's a student. days.
    Yes, you can use "it".

    Is it a boy or a girl?

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    #5

    Re: he/she

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Yes, you can use "it".

    Is it a boy or a girl?
    * How about the "they, their, them" pronouns for a person of an unknown gender?

    Is they a boy or a girl? - It really sounds awkward here.

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    #6

    Re: he/she

    Disclaimer: I am not a teacher.

    Could the "principle of proximity" be applied to here?

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Is he a boy or a girl?

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    #7

    Re: he/she

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    * How about the "they, their, them" pronouns for a person of an unknown gender?

    Is they a boy or a girl? - It really sounds awkward here.
    It is very awkward because it violates the subject-verb agreement rule. Don't use "they"! Use "it".

    They, them, their are used when many people are being spoken to or being referred to as individuals. For example, we can say Every student must complete their homework every day.
    Using "their" avoids having to choose between 'his or her' and 'her or his'. They and them can be used in similar ways.

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    #8

    Re: he/she

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    It is very awkward because it violates the subject-verb agreement rule. Don't use "they"! Use "it".

    They, them, their are used when many people are being spoken to or being referred to as individuals. For example, we can say Every student must complete their homework every day.
    Using "their" avoids having to choose between 'his or her' and 'her or his'. They and them can be used in similar ways.

    I saw it from one of the threads here that they use they, their, and them in persons of unknown gender, though the subjuect be singular. It really looks awkward to me also but they say it's the rule you just need to get used using it.

    I hope somebody who posted it may see this...


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    #9

    Re: he/she

    "I have a student coming to live in my house."
    "Oh yes; a boy or a girl?"


    "I have a student coming to live in my house."
    "Oh yes. What are they, boy or girl?"

    In this context, "they" is often used.


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    Re: he/she

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "I have a student coming to live in my house."
    "Oh yes; a boy or a girl?"


    "I have a student coming to live in my house."
    "Oh yes. What are they, boy or girl?"

    In this context, "they" is often used.
    Of course! WTG*!

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    *Way To Go! (sometimes it's Well That's Good, which also can be applied here)

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