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Karavostassis

Senior Member
Catalan - Catalunya
Hey,

I would like to know if in this sentence "If someone sucks, then they are the worst possible type", the "someone" is the same person or persons that the "they". Do you know what I mean? Is this possible?

Thanks
 
  • Blue Spotted Frog

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    United States, English
    Is the term "sucks" used much outside of conversation? Wouldn't a person be asked to clarify how or why someone sucked, if that is how that person was described in a written argument?
     

    anothersmith

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    I would like to know if in this sentence "If someone sucks, then they are the worst possible type", the "someone" is the same person or persons that the "they".
    Yes. English speakers often use "they" to refer to an individual person who has not been identified, because the alternatives are "he" (which leaves out women) or "he or she" (which is awkward).

    In other words, in the sentence you quoted "they" refers to "someone."

    This is grammatically incorrect, but common.
     
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