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jac@gpsman.com Mar 7, 2015 5:33 am

Certain characters, such as "and" (&), were once included in the alphabet. Perhaps we should create a new letter for inclusion. I don't have a candidate so I'll illustrate with the asterisk. We could then add a couple of new pronouns, i.e., h* singluar and h** plural. This would result in four genders in parts of speech, masculine, feminine, neuter & conf (another new word) meaning "confusing to others."

 

Reply to jac@gpsman.com at 5:33 am
robynkoz@gmail.com robynkoz@gmail.comMar 7, 2015 11:08 am

in: "Everyone loves [his, her, his or her, their] mother", "their" isn't inappropriate because "mother" is singluar, it's inappropriate beacause "everyone" is singular.

I see that this has now been corrected.  :)

Reply to robynkoz@gmail.com at 11:08 am
jojo@mailinator.com Mar 9, 2015 3:25 am

We should be grateful that English doesn't assign gender to most nouns.  It's really difficult for native English speakers to master foreign languages for that reason. 

You have to constantly think how to conjugate a verb or adjective correctly in order to match the noun.  It gets easier with the passage of time, but it's still a challenge.

 

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