Many have debated about what gender-neutral pronouns should be used. Is it up to personal identity, or should a specific set be officially incorporated into the English language?
We should use the already-familiar "they/them" as a gender-neutral pronoun for non-binary personsShow moreShow less
They/them has been used as a gender-neutral pronoun for ages, but many English teachers will call it out as improper grammar. They/them as gender-neutral pronouns should be officially recognized as proper grammar because millions are already familiar with using them in this way.
Singular "they" has already been in use for generations to refer to persons of an unknown gender. Singular "they" is now being used by many as a gender-neutral pronoun for persons of a non-binary gender, even going so far as to be named the Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society.
"It" is a gender-neutral pronoun which has been used to describe non-binary persons. However, "it" is dehumanizing and implies that a non-binary person is not a person.
It makes the most sense to adopt singular "they" as an official gender-neutral pronoun because of how familiar it already is within the English language.
The use of singular "they" as a gender-neutral pronoun is grammatically incorrect. The only grammatically correct gender-neutral pronoun currently existing in the English language is "it."
[P1] People are familiar with using they/them as gender-neutral pronouns.
[P2] Singular "they" should be accepted as an official gender-neutral pronoun for non-binary individuals.
Rejecting the premises
[Rejecting P2] Using singular "they" as a gender-neutral pronoun is grammatically incorrect.