If to speak about a pet (for example, a dog), should I use it or he/she?
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Hello Alia, It is said that 'it' is the pronoun for animals and things. But if you are talking about your pet in a tender and close way and in a colloquial way, I mean, not writing a formal article or something, then, you can refer to it as a she or he depending on its sex. It is said all the time like that. Hope it helps
When we use he/she it should be for the persons only. We cannot use it for animals. He/She is for gender itself.
If it’s an animal or a person we should always refer to the it or she/ he with their name. It’s a humanly thing to do.
Use "it" while speaking to animals, birds, flowers and non living things. Hence he/she is used for humans
Hi, You can say she or he, if it has a different sex, most probably owner will tell you the correct gender. Hope this helps. Bye.
Hello Alia, the pronoun "it" can be used for things, animals, objects, and plants. So you can still use the pronoun "it" if you don't know the gender of the dog. But if you know the gender of that DOG then that is the time you can use "She or He".
It depends on who is speaking. The owner or someone who can spot whether the dog is male or female may use he or she. ‘It’ can be used if the gender is not known.
It depends on how you relate to the specific animal and how close you are to the cat or dog
A male dog is called a dog and a female dog is actually called a bitch. In a conversation you can simply say my dog.
In the United States we consider them part of the family, we call them furbabies so we use he or she for them.