GENDER NEUTRAL PRONOUNS & ANIMACY

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WIKIPEDIA | " ANIMACY " & " PRONOUNS " | EXCERPT

The distinction between He/She and It is a distinction in Animacy in English and in many Indo-European languages .

The same can be said about distinction between Who and What .

Some languages , such as Turkish , Spoken Finnish and Spanish do not distinguish between S/He and It .

In Finnish there is a distinction in Animacy between " Hän " ( He/She ) and Se ( It ) , however in Spoken Finnish Se also can have the meaning He/She .

English shows a similar lack of distinction between They Animate and They Inanimate in plural , but does have such a distinction in singular .

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