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singular or plural?

Postby kalaris » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:31 pm

Hello everyone,

I'm having a bit of trouble with the following sentence:

We care about your child and will ensure that they are healthy, stay safe and enjoy being a part of our institution.

Is it okay to write "they" when referring to "your child"? Seems right to me but a little unsure.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: singular or plural?

Postby Alan » Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:51 am

Informally, yes, but more formally '(s)he' would be preferable.

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