Date: Mon, 25 Sep 1995 09:36:34 -0400 From: Merri Lisa Johnson Subject: Re: copy-ed re web usage urrl (fwd) On Fri, 22 Sep 1995, wachal robert s wrote: > COPYEDITING-L Digest 1088 > > ------------------------------ > 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"), > > The only change I think likely with singular "they" is the > development of the reflexive "themself" (versus "themselves" > in the plural), parallel to "yourself". > > ------------------------------ Ok I'm confused as to who said what originally, but I just wanted to cast my vote for the singular "they"--already in use and a drain on red markers everywhere. Also, I came across the reflexive "themself" in a student paper this very weekend, and had an ethical crisis: to mark or not to mark. Of course I marked. But I don't know that I stand behind that mark. Merri Lisa Ohio University>