Gender-Neutral Pronouns
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“They”: Contemporary Usage of Gender-Neutral Pronouns


• “Replacing he with he or

she or she or he should

be done sparingly

because the repetition can

become tiresome.”

• “Combination forms such

as he/she or (s)he are

awkward and distracting.”


• “Employing an artificial form

such as s/he is distracting at

best, and most readers find

it ridiculous.”

Elements of Style

• “Substituting he or she in

its place is the logical

thing to do if it works. But

it often doesn’t work, if

only because repetition

makes it sound boring or


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