This question is a direct consequence of the recent discussions that have pervaded the SE community.

While it is well known that English has the singular "they" option (plus some more experimental ones) and that Italian has courtesy pronouns such as lei or voi, has there been any effort in the Italian-speaking community to come up with some other gender-neutral pronouns?

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    I have not followed those discussions. Could you provide some concrete example? In Italian the problem often doesn't even appear since most of times subjects are not explicitly expressed, suo refers both to females and males, and so on.
    – DaG
    Oct 5, 2019 at 13:20
  • @DaG are you asking for examples of the discussion or of the uses in English I have mentioned?
    – Easymode44
    Oct 5, 2019 at 13:42
  • Related question.
    – Charo
    Oct 5, 2019 at 13:44
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    Sorry for my ambiguity. I was referring to the question: I'd find the question more focussed if you gave some concrete examples of sentences where Italian seems too not-neutral.
    – DaG
    Oct 5, 2019 at 14:14
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    Ah, ok, thanks for explaining. In the specific situation you describe, the other person's friend has probably already been mentioned (otherwise, how would you know they are there?), but I see your point.
    – DaG
    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:25


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