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.