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Can ‘They' Be Accepted As A Singular Pronoun?

04/13/2015 12:34 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Copy editors might seem like stick-in-the-mud traditionalists when it comes to language change, but when I attended the American Copy Editors Society’s annual conference in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago, I found growing acceptance of a usage that has long been disparaged as downright ungrammatical: treating “they” as a singular pronoun.

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