gitl_eli7 (gitl_eli7) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Hi there,

When you're speaking about someone unspecific in English, how do you phrase it?  Do you use "he", "they", "he or she", etc?  I find myself always using "he" and "his" unless the person would obviously have to be female.  I also imagine the hypothetical person always being male unless otherwise specified.  I wonder if this is due to me being fluent in Hebrew, which has clear distinctions between masculine and feminine, and the default is always masculine unless otherwise specified.  I'm female, by the way, so I am capable of understanding females going out in the world and doing things too :)  That's just the way I talk.  Ideas?
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  • Interpretation of the Legend

    (inscriptions on the Kushan Kingdom coins / надписи на монетах Кушанского царства)

  • Spanish query

    I would be most grateful if anyone could help me out with a Spanish idiom, an expression appearing in a discussion of torture from the late 18th…

  • A very strange Etruscan inscription

    Chiusi is a small town in Italy (province of Siena, Tuscany). And once it was one of the most powerful centers of the Etruscan League of 12 cities.…