Done versus finished. Grammar myth and its origin. "Cakes are done; people are finished?" Nope. Cakes can also be finished and people can also be done. And stop mentioning cake if you’re only teasing me.

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What do you do when you run into your friend on their birthday? You wish them a happy birthday, of course! Or wait—you wish … him or her a happy birthday? When you run into your friend on … his or her birthday? That's how you’re supposed to say it if you want to avoid using they to refer to one person, but it’s a bit wordy and awkward.

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singular "they": An example of William Shakespeare's use of the <b>singular <i>they</i></b> (<i>Much Ado About Nothing</i>, Act 3, scene 4) Benjamin Mullin: Seek to bolster websites, TV stations hire away newspaper journalists

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The Word of the Year has been announced: Singular "They" (it has even been adopted by The Washington Post as part of its official style-guide)

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