My thought on pronoun “they”

Category : Language

Do you use “themself”?

Pronoun for “someone” is sometimes they/their/them, when the person’s gender is unsure. I think this trend is getting common. I’ve read some articles about “themself”.

Is ‘themself’ a real word?
‘He’, ‘he or she’, ‘he/she’, ‘s/he’, or ‘they’

It seems that “themself” can be used in informal situations. (If I type “themself” in WordPress, a red line is put under the word.) Then, my question is that if “themself” is fine, maybe “is” after “they” should be fine too. I wonder if I will ever see a “They is….” sentence in the future.

By the way, I asked an American woman if she feels offended when he/his/him is used as a pronoun for “someone”. She said “no”. How about you?

Canada: Schools axe ‘he’ and ‘she’ in favour of ‘xe’

To Japanese learners

In the Japanese language, “he” is “kareshi” and “she” is “kanojo”. However, “kareshi” and “kanojo” have other meanings. It’s ‘boyfriend’ and “girlfriend”. “Kareshi” and “kanojo” are used as ‘boyfriend’ and “girlfriend” more commonly. (In English, “you” could mean “lover”. )

In English tests in Japanese schools, sometimes students have to translate English into Japanese. When “She is….” is translated into Japanese, students would write “Kanoji ha….”. But in Japanese, “Kanoji ha….” is more like “My girlfriend is….”, so it’s a bit strange.

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