I have such a problem in French with masculine and feminine nouns. I never know if something is le or la so I just choose one (50% chance of getting it correct, right?) Now my children are older, they always correct me when I get it wrong, usually while I'm trying to talk to someone in my best French.
However, it does make it easier in French to talk about someone without referring to that person being male or female. In English, he is for anyone who's male, and she is for anyone who's female.
But what about if you are talking about someone and you don't know if that person is a man or a woman? Or if you don't want to specify?
Then you use they. They usually refers to two or more people, but in this case, they is one person, and it can be a male or a female.
Examples: I am going to take my driving test. Will the examiner be a man or a woman? I don't know...So I say, "I hope they are nice."
My son says, "I have a new English teacher." I don't know if it's a male or female teacher, so I say, "Oh, what's their name?"
How much can you tell about someone from their choice of car?
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