No it is not. We should report it. It should be either The child saw himself in the mirror or The child saw herself in the mirror.
Themself actually has been in standard use for a while now. It's a gender-neutral version of himsef/herself. >Now that we can use the singular they, sometimes themselves seems wrong. For example, consider this sentence: Tell the next caller they can redeem the winning code themselves. That sounds wrong since we know it's just one person. This makes more sense: Tell the next caller they can redeem the winning code themself. [More on this] (http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/themself-or-themselves)
Singular use of they has been around since the 14th century. Themself is acceptable in this sentence but themselves is probably more correct.
If you put it that way, the dynamism can take a language in either direction: what was once considered proper could become improper. The outcome of this dynamism is a schism in the language, regional (mutually intelligible) dialects, or total conquest by one side of the divide. Right now, we're at a time where this is being decided.
For example: in the evolution of Latin into the modern romance languages, free word ordering became more or less restricted.
If its not already it will be soon as it is used quite often and languages are defined by their usage
When two groups of people disagree, then you get dialects.
- Urdu and Hindi are considered the same language by some, but they differ in writing. Those identifying as Muslim chose the Arabic-looking script.
With the way things are going, we may see traditional English and some variant with a name yet to be coined.
It should really be "themselves" if duolingo wanted to keep the answer gender neutral, but imo both "himself" and "herself" should be accepted (since the Korean sentence doesn't specify a gender, either should work).
This is super annoying. It really should be "The child saw herself (himself) in the mirror" I really don't think using gender-neutral language matters for the cases of learning and language and in examples.
I agree that it is annoying. A child is ONE, not plural. They, them, and themselves are plurals. If Duolingo wants to accept "themselves," the program should also accept the correct singular pronoun "himself."
Duolingo doesn't appear in a hurry to fix this mistake. It still marked "the child saw himself in the mirror" as incorrect and told me to use "themself," which is not even a word.
"The child saw itself in the mirror" should be accepted and "The child saw themself in the mirror" should be marked wrong, because of inconsistency of plural v.s. singular. Furthermore, never "themself". Reported on Nov. 14, 2017.
The child (singular) must agree in number with the pronoun. I should, I think, be 'itself', 'himself', or 'herself'.
Well, doesn't it supposed to be "the child saw himself in the mirror"?
Don't apologize for using correct grammar. :) If someone demands the plural, he should use "themselves." Even the spell checker does not want me to type "themself." Combining the plural with the singular in one word is absurd.
"It" has a very strong implication of inanimacy, and using it for an adult human is insulting. Sometimes you can get away with it for a child or baby, but even then it's a little weird. On the other hand, English has had singular "they" longer than it's had singular "you".
Singular use of they has been around since the 14th century. Themselves is probably more correct here than themself.
The child saw HIMself ...Not themself. If there were many it would be themselves. I am Romanian by the way.