Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 14:16:40 -0500 From: wachal robert s Subject: copy-ed re web usage urrl (fwd) COPYEDITING-L Digest 1088 ----------------------------- Date: Thu, 21 Sep 1995 23:09:24 -0500 From: "Keith Calvert Ivey" To: COPYEDITING-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Subject: Re: "they" as the new gender neutral pronoun Message-ID: <199509220307.XAA23057[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]> Jordana Kanee Signer writes: >Personally, I think that "they" should always take a plural >verb. Other languages that use pronouns interchangeably as >either singular or plural, depending on the context, always >conjugate the verb in the plural. E.g. "Vous" in French is >always conjugated the same way (root + "ez", e.g. "chantez"), You don't need to go to other languages for examples. The English pronoun "you" was originally plural only. Now it's plural and singular, but the verb is still plural. I see no reason to believe that "they" will behave differently if it becomes standard as a singular. "They is" doesn't seem to be catching on. The only change I think likely with singular "they" is the development of the reflexive "themself" (versus "themselves" in the plural), parallel to "yourself". Keith C. Ivey Washington, DC English Usage Page The Editorial Eye ----------------------------- End of COPYEDITING-L Digest 1088 ********************************