A good dictionary will answer most questions. This style guide puts forth the preferred UH style on questions that are not addressed in standard references or where UH practice varies from the norm. It is based on various reference books and historic university usage.
When I tell people a joke, they laugh. Whether they win or lose, I hug them.
As long as people live, their hair grows. Most of my friends have cell phones, so I use theirs. The children feed themselves. When I tell somebody a joke, they laugh. When I greet a friend, I hug them. When somebody does not get a haircut, their hair grows long.
If my mobile phone runs out of power, a friend lets me borrow theirs. Each child feeds themself [or themselves].
When I tell someone a joke, he laughs. When I greet a friend, I hug him. When someone does not get a haircut, his hair grows long.
If my mobile phone runs out of power, a friend lets me borrow his. Each child feeds himself. Themself was common usage from the 14th to 16th centuries. Its use has been increasing since the s   or s,  though it is sometimes still classified as "a minority form".
Here are some examples, arranged chronologically: When the antecedent includes both masculine and feminine, or is a distributive word, taking in each of many persons, — the preferred method is to put the pronoun following in the masculine singular Another way of referring to an antecedent which is a distributive pronoun [e.
This is not considered the best usage, the logical analysis requiring the singular pronoun in each case; but the construction is frequently found when the antecedent includes or implies both genders.
The masculine does not really represent a feminine antecedent, and the expression his or her is avoided as being cumbrous. Wilson wrote in As a man is set before a woman Fries, American English Grammar, Lash, Eleanor and Franklin  Contemporary use of he to refer to a generic or indefinite antecedent[ edit ] He is still sometimes found in contemporary writing when referring to a generic or indeterminate antecedent.
In some cases it is clear from the situation that the persons potentially referred to are likely to be male, as in "The patient should be informed of his therapeutic options. More likely if she cares about it! However, this construction is generally not considered appropriate in formal speech or writing.
Somebody should let you borrow their book. Somebody should let you borrow his book. When a gender-neutral pronoun or determiner If this be incorrect in syntax, the whole use of the word Person is lost in a number of instances, or only retained by some stiff and strange position of the words, as — 'not letting the person be aware wherein offense has been given' — instead of — 'wherein he or she has offended'.
In my [judgment] both the specific intention and general etymon of 'Person' in such sentences fully authorise the use of it and which instead of he, she, him, her, who, whom. William Safire in his On Language column in The New York Times approved of the use of generic he, mentioning the mnemonic phrase "the male embraces the female".
Badendyck from Brooklyn wrote to the New York Times in a reply: As he shaves or blow-dries his hair or pulls on his panty-hose, he is easing himself by small stages into the demands of the day.Regarding nonsexist language, which of the following is true of courtesy titles for women?
A. Irrespective of whether a woman is married or single, address her as "Miss." B. When you happen to know that a woman is married, always address her as "Mrs." C.
If a woman types her name in a certain way, use the title she designates to herself to address her. The ability to communicate clearly through your writing has become more important than ever in today’s lightning-fast business environment.
In fact, hiring managers say they specifically look for people with superior writing skills when they are hiring new employees. Singular they is the use in English of the pronoun they or its inflected or derivative forms, them, their, theirs, and themselves (or themself), as an epicene (gender-neutral) singular pronoun.
It typically occurs with an unspecified antecedent, as in sentences such as: "Somebody left their umbrella in the office. Would they please collect it?" "The patient should be told at the outset how. A reader writes: I was hoping for your input on something that has plagued me all my life.
I am a woman who has a very masculine/serious looking face that many would consider to . Clichés, Slang, Informal, and Formal English Clichés. Clichés are words and phrases that tend to be overused and do not make for good writing.
They should be avoided in professional and academic writing. Grammar Check. Common Grammar Mistakes; Drafting, Revising, and Editing;. The following is a summary of the gender neutral NCTE Guidelines revised in , by Women in Literacy and Life Assembly (WILLA).
It is full of tips to help you keep your writing gender-neutral and avoid sexist language. The complete document is available from the GenderBender screen of the myWriterTools program, or by clicking here.