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Comment Re:Nope, I'll use he, she, they, there, their etc. (Score 1) 300

To be honest, I've been translating from English for a decade, for money, and this is the first time even I see "reasoning" like the one you're displaying in the second paragraph. I've seen group plurals for institutions, and I've seen singular they, in both less or more fortuitous usages, but this is the first time ever I see anyone justifying singular they of an authority figure with an institutional plural. Maybe you should push it into textbooks so that us dumb foreigners could learn it at your level of detail.

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