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A high school teacher’s pledge to change the way he grades essays reflects a dramatic shift in the English language

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“Every student should do the best they can.”

If you’re a grammar purist, that sentence may have made you cringe.

Standard English dictates the word “they,” a plural pronoun, should never be used to refer to a single person. Since “student” is a singular noun, you’d need a singular pronoun like “he” or “she” to match it.

A high school English teacher, however, wrote a convincing argument about why he’ll no longer mark that usage as incorrect in his students’ essays. His decision could reflect a dramatic shift in the English language.

In a column for PBS NewsHour, 38-year teaching veteran read more >>>

Source:: BusinessInsider.Com