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    Could you please tell me whether I can use "they" instead of "he or she" in the following sentence?

    Every individual person has to know how much they want to spend.

    Thank you!

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    Re: they

    The use of "they" as a gender-neutral, third-person singular pronoun is in wide use, and has been for decades.

    However, there are still purists who frown on using "they" for a single subject. Some might mark you as incorrect on a test.

    You can rewrite: Individuals should know how much they want to spend.

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    Re: they

    In my book they/them are listed as personal pronouns. (subjective/objective)

    Merriam-Webster's Dictionary says: pronoun, plural in construction.

    What books are these purists reading? Beano?

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    Re: they

    Merriam-Webster's also has:

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    13th century Those are a lot of decades!

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