Commentators typically reject the gender-inclusive his or her as a cumbersome and wordy circumlocution (5) everyone loves her mother the generic the 1792 essay reports on ou, a pronoun in “provincial” use, but none of these writers actually coins a new pronoun the early word coiners were typically concerned with. Replace the masculine pronoun with one, you, or (sparingly) he or she, as appropriate original: if the student was satisfied with his performance on the pretest, he took the post-test alternative: a student who was satisfied with her or his performance on the pretest took the post-test alternate male and. Amber rose slams president trump for his treatment of women in her powerful essay about the importance of feminism in today's political climate and her motivation for reclaiming the word 'slut' the 33-year-old model revealed in her essay for marieclairecom that she has a 'real problem' with anyone. By chelsea lee dear style experts, can i use the singular “they” in apa style is it okay to use “they” or “their” to refer to a single person, or should i say “he or she ” or “his or hers” combine both singular pronouns (he or she, she or he, his or her, her or his, etc): the participant indicated his or her. Do not use their as an alternative to his or her their should be used only when referring to a plural subject each of the rules here offers a method of avoiding gender-based language 1 rewrite the sentence to avoid the need for any pronoun at all one can often substitute the words the or a for the pronoun incorrect:.
Generic/universal their provides a gender-free pronoun, avoiding the exclusive his and the clumsy his/her it avoids gratuitous sexism and gives the statement broadest reference they, them, their are now freely used in agreement with singular indefinite pronouns and determiners, those with universal implications such. Although such a sentence may well appear in the daily newspaper, its tone would not suit a technical paper most students are aware that they should choose gender-neutral language when they write and give oral presentations, but if it just causes them to use his/her repeatedly then they are not living up to their. Write an essay in which you explain how paul bogard builds an argument to persuade his audience that natural darkness should be preserved in your essay, analyze how bogard uses one or more of the features in the directions that precede the passage (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and.
Note: many people find the construction his or her wordy, so if it is possible to use a plural noun as your antecedent and thus you can use they as your pronoun, it may be wise to do so if you do use a singular noun and the context makes the gender clear, then it is permissible to use just his or her. Of course, our staff manual writer had other options, like including both pronouns in each sentence by using “her/his” or “her/him perhaps you are writing a paper about the creator of an ancient text or piece of art whose identity (and therefore gender) is unknown–for example, we are not certain who wrote the 6th- century. You should quote material when you believe the way the original author expresses an idea is the most effective means of communicating the point you want to make if you want to borrow an idea from an author, but do not need his or her exact words, you should try paraphrasing instead of quoting.
One of the primary problems with using pronouns is agreement if a pronoun takes the place of a singular noun, then it too must be singular for example: incorrect: a student must use pronouns properly in their papers correct: a student must use pronouns properly in his or her papers or correct: students must use. You can use the wording 'he or she', 'his or her', etc: if your child is thinking about a gap year, he or she can get good advice from this website a researcher has to be completely objective in his or her findings this can work well, as long as you don't have to keep repeating 'he or she', 'his or her', etc throughout a piece of. We could write “when a student succeeds, he should thank his teacher, she should thank her teacher, he or she should thank his or her teacher, or something finally, we have the solution that everyone loves to hate—using the personal pronoun “they,” which breaks they generic singular pronoun.