Gender-Neutral Pronouns

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“They”: Contemporary Usage of Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Pronouns

Generic pronoun use

in the classroom

Female

Teachers

(%)

Male

Teachers

(%)

Generic pronoun use

outside the

classroom

Female

Teachers

(%)

Male

Teachers

(%)

Singular

they

50 48 64 54

He/she 46 41 29 27

Pauwels, Anne and Joanne Winter. "Gender Inclusivity or 'Grammar Rules OK'? Linguistic Prescriptivism vs Linguistic

Discrimination in the Classroom." Language and Education 20.2 (2006). 128-140

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