he or she

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Alternative forms[edit]


he or she (third person, singular, plural they)

  1. (sometimes proscribed) He or she; used as a gender-neutral reference to the third person singular.
    • 2003, Doyice Cotten, John T. Wolohan, Law for recreation and sport managers, page 466:
      In Skinner the Court stated: It is not disputed, however, that chemical analysis of urine, like that of blood, can reveal a host of private medical facts about an employee, including whether he or she is epileptic, pregnant, or diabetic.

Usage notes[edit]

It is not recommended to write he (or she) or he—or she—, which treats a woman as an exception.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rosalie Maggio, The Nonsexist Word Finder, 1989