A Singular Understanding of They
2 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 1, 2016
This article discusses the possibilities for adopting "they" as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun. It reviews a brief history of the grammar of "they" and explores the modern desire to find a gender-neutral pronoun appropriate for formal writing, including legal writing. It concludes with writing advice for the practicing bar on how to write gender-neutrally while satisfying the expectations of a formalistic and demanding audience.
Keywords: legal writing, grammar, singular they, gender neutral
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