Which pronoun is it best to use when referring to a hypothetical person?

  1. B. Leekley profile image90
    B. Leekleyposted 6 years ago

    Which pronoun is it best to use when referring to a hypothetical person?

    Which is better to say:
    One should watch what one eats.
    Everyone should watch what they eat.
    You should watch what you eat.
    People should watch what they eat.
    Watch what you eat.
    They say to watch what you eat.
    Everyone should watch what he or she eats.
    Everyone should watch what s/he eats.
    A person should watch what they eat.
    A person should watch what she or he eats.
    Or other. Or are they all equally good and acceptable options?

  2. UnnamedHarald profile image98
    UnnamedHaraldposted 6 years ago

    I usually prefer "they". Although it would appear to be plural, it is acceptible to use "they" to refer to a single person (don't quote me on this-- I'm no grammaticist). It is especially useful when referring to a non-gender-specific individual. I get tired of reading "he or she" or, even worse, "he/she" (notice how you rarely see "she or he"?). And "one" sounds so stuffy.

  3. cclitgirl profile image96
    cclitgirlposted 6 years ago

    Do you call that alien a he, she or an it?  Find out when to use the correct pronoun. read more

 
working