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The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row

Doctor Syntax Silver badge

As far as I'm concerned the use of "they" whenever it's uncertain whether "he" or "she" should apply has been part of English as long as I can remember.

ISTM that pronouns are rather more complex than singular/plural. In a nutshell singular is one aspect of being more personal and the plural an aspect of the more impersonal.

For second person the "plural" form has become the norm. Thee/thou/thine were the "singluar" form but the actual usage was governed by rules similar to tu vs vous in French. Use of "they" is entirely consistent with that.

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