Singular They

Who doesn’t use the singular they? Sentences like “Someone forgot their hat” are so common in everyday usage and (crazy prescriptivists aside) no one thinks twice about it. But many people who have no problem with the above sentence object to people who use they-them-theirs pronouns. What’s the difference?

The AP has added the singular they to its style guide.

My mother said “The decline of civilization is reflected by the destruction of language.”

What a shock that I’m still closeted.


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