1. lameri
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    "They" with a singular antecedent

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by lameri, Apr 18, 2011.

    What's your take on it? A sentence like:
    I think of somebody I haven’t thought about in months, and suddenly I hear from them.
    or
    I think of somebody I haven't thought about in months, and suddenly I hear from him.
    or something else?

    Here's an article on the subject, with tons of comments:
    http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/he-they-generic-personal-pronoun.aspx
     
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    "They," "their," and "them" are perfectly acceptable. We've been doing it in English for centuries now and it's completely understandable and unambiguous. Anyone saying otherwise is just trying to be a grammar nazi.
     
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    I'm not sure how editors, agents, or publishers would see it. My take is it might be acceptable in conversation, but I'd go with the singular pronoun or rephrase it.
     
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