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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