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# What pronoun and gender to use in your AWA?

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13 Feb 2010, 01:53
Hi,
to avoid using always "the author" "the writer" "the speaker" in my AWA, more than once in the same paragraph, I try to alternate with some pronoun, but which gender???
I noticed for example that "the author" is very often associated with "she". Fine, but what about the writer and the reader? Should I use "he or she". The MGMAT books where I'm studying from, suggest in the sentence correction section, that when the gender is not known we should use "he or she" "him or her"... but this rule, in an AWA reads quite muddy...

Then I found this article on MGMAT an article on "using he she in writing" where it is recommended the use on one gender only, and to stick with it along the AWA, so now I am really confused...

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18 Feb 2010, 00:41
In AWA argument, mix of following:
the argument states that.... argument's line of reasoning....
the author says that....
he or she
etc.

Similarly, in AWA issue, we can use - the author (or speaker) says that....; then "he or she"
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21 Feb 2010, 03:01
I got a 6 on the AWA and I had no problem constantly referring to the author as "he", even when it didn't specify. There is no need to be concerned about this issue.
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22 Feb 2010, 23:24
yah, i don't think it matters to use either "he" or "she"... i normally try to avoid either one.
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