Is Singular 'They' a Better Choice?

The awkward case of 'his or her'


play video his or her
255,277 views
Featuring: Emily Brewster
"Everyone should do his or her best in whatever situations he or she happens to find himself or herself in?" That's awkward. Perhaps everyone should just do their best in the situations they find themselves in. Even if their best involves they as a singular pronoun.

Up Next

Autoplay
play merriam-webster eggcorns title page
What Is an Eggcorn?

 

17,034 views

play video ghost words
Ghost Word

 

292,538 views

play serial comma
The Serial Comma

 

435,330 views

play hot mess
Hot Mess

 

150,531 views

play mrs malaprop
Malaprop

 

86,342 views

play alright allright video
Alright vs. All Right

 

129,891 views

play there theyre their video
There, They're, Their

 

100,241 views

play sneaked vs snuck video
Sneaked vs. Snuck

 

54,365 views

play further vs farther video
Further vs. Farther

 

44,838 views

play video lay vs lie
Lay vs. Lie

 

312,947 views

play fun funner funnest
Fun, Funner, Funnest

 

256,101 views

play video old school grammar humorsome
Old-School Grammar

 

237,833 views

play video schwa
Schwa

 

148,507 views

play video cynic
Cynic

 

38,388 views

play video ie vs eg
i.e. vs. e.g.

 

161,843 views

play video its vs its
Its vs. It's

 

75,775 views

play video healthy vs healthful
Healthy vs. Healthful

 

103,022 views

play video between you and i or me
I vs. Me

 

61,819 views

play video literally
Literally

 

424,577 views

play video soup vs soop
Soop vs. Soup

 

71,244 views

play video hopefully
Hopefully

 

84,259 views

play video who vs whom
Who vs. Whom

 

69,156 views

play video resuscitate stricken icon condolences rip and other words that spiked when michael jackson died
Michael Jackson

 

31,099 views

play video affect vs effect
Affect vs. Effect

 

99,074 views