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So why isn't the third conjugation of verbs also 'they'

as its he/she/it/you(formal), what happens when we don't know the gender?

We can use 'he' i suppose, or more correctly 'one' if we wanted to sound like the queen, but 'they' has a singular form, always has, and is most widely used in speech (at least in UK for the past 400 years) even if some grammar sophists get confused over it.

Just wondering what duolingo defaults to in this instance as a lot of the time i'm marked down for writing 'they' in its singular context.

3 years ago

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I think they make you use "he" or "she" so you don't get the Spanish third person singular confused with the Spanish third person plural.

3 years ago

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yes it something i try and do a lot, i would actually translate to they in most cases, but i translate to he so i remember and do this with lots of other cases too.

3 years ago