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    "Whilst waiting for the newest of the new, the old rises again" (Referring to a brand logo)

    Appropriate use of "whilst" or should it have been "while"?

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    Is it just me, or does anyone else think there is a word missing from the English language? There doesn't seem to be a suitable word for the singular of a person when you don't know if they are male or female. You can't use 'it' and 'they' is plural. For example we were discussing at work the filling of a new position, so when talking about what this person will be doing we said when 'he' starts, but it could also be a 'she'.

    Anyone understand what I mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    Is it just me, or does anyone else think there is a word missing from the English language? There doesn't seem to be a suitable word for the singular of a person when you don't know if they are male or female. You can't use 'it' and 'they' is plural. For example we were discussing at work the filling of a new position, so when talking about what this person will be doing we said when 'he' starts, but it could also be a 'she'.

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    I do! I am pretty old-fashioned but I use the singular 'they' as well. So I would say 'when they start'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I do! I am pretty old-fashioned but I use the singular 'they' as well. So I would say 'when they start'...
    So I can use 'they' as singular? For some reason I always thought it was plural only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    Is it just me, or does anyone else think there is a word missing from the English language? There doesn't seem to be a suitable word for the singular of a person when you don't know if they are male or female. You can't use 'it' and 'they' is plural. For example we were discussing at work the filling of a new position, so when talking about what this person will be doing we said when 'he' starts, but it could also be a 'she'.

    Anyone understand what I mean?
    Yep 'they'

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    I tried explaining the error to a shop assistant but he looked at me like I had two heads
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