An alternative single word for "He/She" and "his/her"?

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In the following sentence ( taking it as an example )

Everyone applying for scholarship has to fill the form. He/She must also provide his/her result card with his/her form.

I am wondering, can I possibly use some word instead of "He/She" and "his/her" which will provide the same meaning? ( I need a word if possible. I know that changing the structure of sentence can be done to avoid using he/she and his/her )

Hassan Ashas

Posted 2017-01-04T10:22:02.827

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Question was closed 2017-01-04T12:25:22.930

Would "Applicants must also provide their result cards with their forms" be okay? – Drossel – 2017-01-04T10:24:15.657

@Drossel yes, it definitely would be okay... But as I said, I am basically looking for an alternative word for he/she and his/her. Just took the above sentence as an example. – Hassan Ashas – 2017-01-04T10:25:18.980

You could also use the singular they. – Abbasi – 2017-01-04T11:04:33.567

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When the gender hasn't been identified, "they/their/them" must be applied instead of his/her him/her, such as your example, see:

Everyone applying for scholarship has to fill the form. He/She must also provide his/her result card with his/her form.

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Everyone applying for scholarship has to fill the form. They must also provide their result card with their form.

As "Everyone" is a non-identified gender, but it is considered singular, it explains the usage of "has", but if you answer goes along you will probably face the need of using non-identified genders, that's where "They/them/their" fit.

But, if you are telling a story, such as someone looking at your girlfriend or boyfriend, and you know who you were talking about, you could say: The last week's party was awesome, but there were some guys looking at my friend, she got really mad and left the party

"friend" is a non-identified gender, but it can easily be identified after you increased the "she", which implies to say that your friend was female.

Davyd

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