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    #1

    she/it

    is that a girl or boy?
    She is a gir,or
    It is a girl,or
    Both of them are correct?
    Also
    is that a girl or (a) boy?
    can we omit a before boy?
    thanks in advance


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    Re: she/it

    Quote Originally Posted by moda43 View Post
    is that a girl or boy?
    She is a gir,or
    It is a girl,or
    Both of them are correct?
    Also
    is that a girl or (a) boy?
    can we omit a before boy?
    thanks in advance
    #1 She is a girl OR That is a girl. Never use "It" for reference to a human.

    #2 Yes, you can omit "a" in this question, but it is probably better to have it in.

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    #3

    Re: she/it

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    #1 She is a girl OR That is a girl. Never use "It" for reference to a human.

    #2 Yes, you can omit "a" in this question, but it is probably better to have it in.
    I heard if a baby's sex is unknown, we use "it".


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    Re: she/it

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    I heard if a baby's sex is unknown, we use "it".

    As far as I know, if you don't know the gender of the person we don't use it but we use HE instead.....

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    Re: she/it

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    #1 She is a girl OR That is a girl. Never use "It" for reference to a human.
    Except for "identifier it":
    "Look, it's Monica!"
    "Who's there?" "It's us."

    In older English, "it" can sometimes refer to a baby or child of unknown sex:
    "In the next room a child began to cry; probably it had fallen down."

    In more modern English we would probably try to recast the sentence.

    Lou

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