Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 11:12:05 PST From: tom creswell Subject: Re: silly rules of grammar Those concerned that the use of _they, their, them_ as gender- and number-free pronouns will somehow destroy the English language should do some reading of contemporary British fiction and journalism, in which they will find that this use is almost universal. Even so, it seems that English is still alive. It might also be useful to examine the history of English to observe how pronoun use has tended to simplify in general.