Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 13:32:03 -0500
From: RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: silly rules of grammar
Tom Unharriet writes:
"The 'they' used below suggests that the police have reason to believe that
more than one person was involved in the crime. This inference has legal
significance in the courtroom. Either way it would need to be clarified."
No! The use of 'they' suggests that more than one person MAY have been
involved in the crime; it quite properly allows for the possibility of
plurality, but it does not proscribe a singular interpretation On the other
hand, 'he' or 'she' would tend to proscribe the alternative gender.