Pronoun Gender Agreement

English does not have a widely used neutral personal pronoun. By the way, why do feminists suddenly want their pronoun to become generic? OTH, we poor men have been the generic pronoun for many years, so I look forward to the promotion. They will be content with nothing less than the fact that the entire English-speaking world is changing the structure of the language to apply the plural “they” as singular personal pronouns. Nothing else is important to them. [Mr. Converse] is misinformed about the history of enthusiasm for a new pronoun. Thirty years or more ago, an attempt was made to apply exactly the method of combination and abbreviation that he adopted. The first result we remember was “ne, nis, nim”, and very serious efforts were indeed made to implement this form of bastard word. Later, someone suggested a combination of “sound” and “her,” creating “hiser,” and one or two newspapers used the mold for a while.

But so far, all attempts in this direction have failed, also because it is always extremely difficult to introduce new forms into a language, unless they occur naturally and spontaneously, so to speak. […] […] Another appeal in the Memphis Free Trade (1882) also rejects the generic masculine in relation to a woman, as well as the “clumsy paraphrase `he or she`”. This time, the grammatical argument for a new pronoun is complemented by an appeal to feminism: e, (she/uh); eris (sound/her); erim (she/he). Alphabetically in order, so completely gender neutral! The subject pronouns are: he, her, me, us, them, whoever, whoever it is, you and him. Moreover, I could argue that “he” is applicable, according to Jason Gage`s definition of “he” is inanimate or abstract. If you don`t know sex, it can be abstract. When you refer to a person in modern times, you are referring to a simple and desperate part of a decaying machine. One of these human cogs would be a “that”. After Sasha and Aaron climbed the Great Wall of China, they were completely exhausted. (two nouns, plural pronouns) Napoleon Bonapart Brown argued in The Atlantic (November 1878) that the need for a new pronoun “is so desperate, urgent, essential that […] he should have grown long ago in our language” so that we could refer to both sexes while avoiding coordinating him and his. I guess the probability that we will invent a genderless pronoun is quite close to zero to . Zero.

Throwing out a new name is easy. Inventing new verbs is child`s play. Well, even adjectives are a comparative walk in the park. But pronouns are a horse of a different color. Like determinants (“a”, “on” and “the” – and even “on” is actually only an “a” when it comes to a date with a word beginning with a vowel word), pronouns are a closed class characterized by the fact that they are (a) small and (b) used very frequently. These closed class words seem particularly resistant to change, an exclusive club that doesn`t want to encourage new members. In addition, pronouns must also match the precursor in number, gender, and person. Consider the following sentence: But today, the “dominant masculine” in grammar no longer applies, and still no prosperous gender-neutral pronoun. It turns out that it is not only the conservatism of the pronoun system that blocks the neutral pronoun. It`s also the fact that English speakers seem satisfied without meddling in this particular innovation. Even before the generic masculine began its decline, they were still an option, both in language and, despite the language click of purists, also in serious writing.

More recently, writers who try to avoid the generic masculine have inserted the coordinate of him or her, he or she, his or her, and have sometimes chosen oblique forms instead, he/she, he/she, his/her, despite long-standing objections that such constructions are cumbersome, especially when repeated several times. This is where most problems arise when the precursor can be male or female. To avoid gender bias, it is best to use your sentences in such sentences. For example, recently, many academic and popular publications have begun to accept the use of the pronoun “they” as singular pronouns, meaning that writers use “them” to correspond to singular subjects in order to avoid gendered pronouns. Although the pronoun “she” is only a plural pronoun in some style guides, the APA encourages authors to use “they” as singular or plural pronouns with the specific intention of taking into account gender diversity. .