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Once upon a time, English pronouns were simple: him/his, her/hers, it/its, they/their. But even Shakespeare saw limitations with this scant number of options. As far back as 1594, he was bending grammar rules, especially the stricture that a singular noun takes a singular pronoun. From his Comedy of Errors comes this line: “There’s not a ...

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