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Re: Is this just an English thing ?

The fact is though we see society use singular they all the time. Examples of perfectly ordinary usage of it include:

> “If anybody wants their admission fee back, they can get it at the door.”


Bad example.

"Anybody" designates a subset of admitees. To consider this to be a singular reference is to assume that at most one person may want a refund.

In fact, with any sufficiently large event, it is almost guaranteed that there will be more than one person who wants their money back.

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