Re: USAGE: English Usage: "THEY"
|From:||Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 16:03|
This is pretty common, "they" functioning as a pronoun when you can't (or
choose not to) easily mention one particular gender. It also functions as an
impersonal pronoun "They say he's a bad man" = "it is said that he is a bad
man". Similarly in French with "on" - "ici on parle francais" - "they speak
french here / french is spoken here", etc.
This type of pronoun has a separate person in my conlang Omeina (core
bere gain = everyone sees him, we all see him
> I came across a strange usage of the word "they" in
> my speach today.
> I was speaking to my father, saying:
> "I was reading Frankenstein the other day, and they
> talk a lot about electricity in the introduction to
> this version"
> This got me to thinking about the word "they", and
> how I use it. I often say things like: