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Generic He

  • Definition: The use of the masculine pronoun "he" for referents which can be either male or female; for example, "If a student wants to pass the course, he should study." The noun "man" historically has also been used as a generic, as in "Man shall not live by bread alone."

    Source: American English, second edition by Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes

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