Your Pain Is Our Pleasure
24-Hour Proofreading Service—We proofread your Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More
Is it acceptable in your opinion to use “s/he” in official documents instead of “she/he” or “she or he”?
or fill in the name and email fields below:
IMHO it SHOULD be acceptable and I use it in informal writing all the time. It is NOT acceptable in formal writing, so I use they which is more acceptable to me than using he to mean all people, but is not grammatically correct. Hmph.
"She or he" is the form that should probably be used in formal contexts, since it's straightforward, unambiguous and fairly common.
Of course, a proper unsexed pronoun in English would solve all these problems.
Personally, I use s/he when ever i need to refer to both. But I don't write many formal documents. So thus, I have no idea. But i put thumbs up to s/he! :D
not to be sexist... but she or he sounds backwards... i have always heard he or she. and in an official document i would us "he or she" not "he/she" and s/he is very informal.
Before everything got so politically correct, I would recommend just using "he," as this is technically the correct way to do it. However, most people don't know this, and would probably get offended. =(
As Steve said, I would use "he or she."
The main problem with "s/he" is this: how the hell is it pronounced?
In my opinion "s/he" should be driven off the face of the planet. It's an unpronouncable symbol that stops me in my tracks each time I encounter it. Either recast the sentence or give in to the singular "they."
Do you have a question? Submit your question here
©2020 CYCLE Interactive, LLC.All Rights Reserved.