Gap Fill - The Pronoun 'They' - Level 6


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The reference company Merriam-Webster has added a new of the pronoun "they" to its Webster's Dictionary. It now lists the "they" as referring to a "single person whose identity is non-binary". This will be welcome news for those who identify as male nor female - people with non-binary identities. Many institutions have already incorporated a gender-neutral into their official forms. A growing number of governments, schools and airlines have introduced the gender of "X" to accommodate people who do not consider themselves as male or female, and for gender people who switch between different genders.

Merriam-Webster stated that the use of "they" in of "he" or "she" recognizes people who did not "conform to an gender expression, or who seemed to be neither male nor female". It added: "We've struggled to find the language to describe these people, and in , the right pronouns." It points out that the word "they" has been used as a pronoun since the 1300s. William Shakespeare used it in this in the early 17th . In 1898, the playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote in his play Antony and Cleopatra that: "No man goes to to be killed....But they do get killed." Merriam-Webster says that today, "nearly everyone uses the singular "they" in conversation".

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