Nathan Sanders <sand...@alum.mit.edu> wrote:German doesn't have an equivalent of epicene "they".
> > Well, what I had in mind was this: Old English, as a proper 
> > Germanic language, was unlikely to have epicene (equivalent of)
> > "they", so epicene they must be newer than sticking strictly to
> > grammatical number (as other Germanic languages still do).
> Like German "sie" and "ihr"?
"Sie" (she, they) and "ihr" (her, their) are instances of syncretism.
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