There is an extensive page on Wikipedia on the use of THEY as the gender neutral third person and I can usually use it fairly smoothly, even if in school I was never taught this option (I have used the male-slash-female form or just the male form until recently)
However, tonight I run into a mental glitch.
The sentence is the following:
- The customer asks about it, then he wants to try it for themself
- The customer asks about it, then he wants to try it for themselves.
The old me would have written: The customer asks about it, then wants to try it for himself/herself but I realize that nobody speaks like this.
Wikipedia says both uses are okay, but what's your take on this?