I have a question for Simon


To "have a good shape" could be used in very specific circumstances where you are talking about the actual shape of the object or person, not alluding to the health or fitness of it, him or her.


Thank you so much for the great answer and I was wondering if him or her refers to it as an appostion? Is it okay to call people "it"? Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.

asked Mar 25 '13 at 00:36 Hans Contributor

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Adding to Simon's answer....


Using "they", "them", or "their" as a gender-neutral singular pronoun is controversial. While it is finding acceptance in British and Canadian English, it remains a faux pas in formal American English.


There are many more artful ways of being gender neutral than resorting to either "he or she" or "they."


This forum's archives contain several lengthy discussions that provide better examples.

link comment answered Mar 26 '13 at 04:52 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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