Depending on their category they are used to talk about people in a general manner and allow for generic interpretation.
In English we can distinguish four types of impersonal pronouns: it, there, one, they
The impersonal pronoun "It" is the most widely used neutral form in English that can refer to either things, animals, or weather/time/dates.
When used as a pronoun it is meant to introduce a noun or an expression. It's most common placement is at the beginning of the sentence.
Warning: Be mindful when using their, there, they’re. Their writing and verbal sound might be similar, however, their meaning is different.
|There||It introduces a situation||There is a plane landing at 7:30.|
|Their||It introduces a possessive form, always followed by a noun||Their plane is landing at 7:30.|
|They're||It is a contraction of "They are"||They're landing at 7:30|
One is a gender-neutral pronoun that is used for generalization without referring to one specific individual. It is more commonly used in British English as opposed to American English where it is considered very formal.
Warning: If one begins the expression with one then one must continue with it to preserve a consistent sentence structure.
Interesting fact: To avoid confusion in American English verbally and in writing one is often replaced by you which holds an identical meaning in a less formal delivery.
It is similar to one as both are gender-neutral pronouns when used as an impersonal pronoun. They is used to talk about a wide group of people in a generic manner such as countries, institutions, unknown/unspecified groups, authorities.
|Personal pronoun||Talking about a specific group||Radostina and Petya work for our company. They are from Bulgaria.|
|Impersonal pronoun||Talking in general||They opened a great new sushi restaurant in Ghent.|
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Thank you, Danilo. It is always a pleasure having lessons with you and I have enjoyed our many conversations together. And what a joy that over time they have become easier for both of us to understand! :D
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