Gender-Neutral Pronouns

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“They”: Contemporary Usage of Gender-Neutral Pronouns

APA

• “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.”

CMS

• “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

silly.”

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