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PQQ at psuvm.psu.edu PQQ at psuvm.psu.edu
Tue Jan 26 21:09:27 EST 1993

How can using a plural pronoun to refer to a singular noun
be correct?  This is really torture on the language and makes the
reader think that the author really has no command of what is
being written.  While I agree that using the male pronoun carries
some gender weight that might be misperceived, why not simply recast
a sentence that is problematic?  If our goal is to use accurate, gender
neutral (i.e., unbiased) writing, we should learn to write that way.
I say he and she have precise meanings and should not be used when
they refer to gender-neutral nouns (e.g., scientist).  Writing in this
way can be both grammatically and politically correct.  Writing that
requires abandoning the precision of the language isn't politically
incorrect, it's just sloppy.

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