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They can mean one person

 As a pronoun they usually talks about a group of people, but it can also talk about one person.

A large lorry is hanging over the side of a bridge in English village.

I don’t know who was driving the lorry, but they seem to have a problem.

• They were all late getting home.
(Here they talks about more than one person)

• I don’t know who broke the window, but they are going to pay for a new one!
(They is used here because we don’t know if the person who broke the window is a man or a woman)

Does this sound good?
• I don’t know who broke the window, but he or she is going to pay for a new one!

Of course it doesn’t so we use they.
• I don’t know who broke the window, but they are going to pay for a new one!

Remember: They can mean one person.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: They can mean one person.

    Complete each sentence with his, her or they.

    Remember: They can mean one person.

    Complete each sentence with his, her or they.