This Month's Grammar Rule: Use the Right Pronoun

In the quest to be gender neutral in business writing, or maybe just because it’s easier, writers often misuse pronouns. The most common misuse over the years has been use of “they,” which clearly refers to more than one party, for singular verbs and meanings. Here’s an example: Before a writer sends an email, “they” should run the program’s spell-checker. Of course, an easy fix for this sentence is to change the original subject and verb to the plural form, assuming that does not change the sentence’s meaning: Before writers send emails, they should run the program’s spell-checker. Although the use of “they” has become more accepted, and can hold if you’re in a real pinch, your writing will

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