The APA endorses the singular ‘they’ pronoun

The American Psychological Association (APA) endorsed the usage of “they” as a singular third-person pronoun.

The change allows a more clear way to talk about “generic” people in science without causing readers to make assumptions about gender.

“When readers see a gendered pronoun, they make assumptions about the gender of the person being described,” Lee writes. “APA advocates for the singular ‘they’ because it is inclusive of all people and helps writers avoid making assumptions about gender.”

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