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pronoun as in nominative singular pronoun

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Example Sentences

Sir, your amiable affection for madame leads you to forget, as she does, zie claim of your sister.

Pulling a handkerchief out of my pocket, and showing it to her, I said, “Dit—dit is een zie beneden!”

I heard of the medico here inquiring what precise symptom der Englander meant by being “down in zie mout!”

But nothing could make her understand what I meant by Zie-benedens.

They had one child, a misshapen thing without arms or legs, which A Zie in great anger killed and cut to pieces.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a synonym for zie?

Zie is a pronoun that serves the same grammatical function as he or she, except that it’s gender-neutral. Zie is typically used by people who identify as nonbinary or genderqueer, meaning that their gender identify falls outside of the strict binary of only male or only female.

For those who identify in one of these ways and who are deciding which pronouns to use, there are a lot of options.

The most commonly used is nonbinary they. Some pronouns similar to zie include ze, zhe, xe, xie, sie, ve, and ce.

However, it should be noted that these shouldn’t be considered synonyms of zie in the sense that they are interchangeable when referring to the same person—the pronouns the person has specified are the ones that should be used.

Zie is often used as part of the zie/zir/zir set of pronouns, but it is sometimes also used as part of other, similar sets, such as zie/hir/hir.

In the next section, we’ll break down some of the nonbinary pronoun sets that people use.

What can you use instead of the word zie?

First and foremost: if someone says they use zie as one of their pronouns, that’s what you should use when referring to them. Some people might use a mix of pronouns, such as zie and they, in which case you can use either one, or both at different times.

There are a lot of different nonbinary pronouns, and it can seem overwhelming. To help, here is a chart of some (not all) nonbinary pronouns, along with the grammatical function of each one to help you understand how they’re used (and conjugated).

You can plug each set into this sentence to see how each pronoun is used:

[Column 1 subject form] told me to text [column 2 object form], but I don’t have [column 3 possessive form] number. 

subject form 

(same grammatical function as he, she, and nonbinary they)

object form 

(same grammatical function as him, her, and nonbinary them)

possessive adjective form

(same grammatical function as his, her, and nonbinary their)


In many (but not all) cases, the possessive pronoun form (the one equivalent to theirs, as in That book is theirs) is simply formed by adding –s to the possessive adjective form (the one that’s equivalent to their): That book is zirs. Similarly, the reflexive form (the one equivalent to themself) is often formed by simply adding -self to the object form (the one that’s equivalent to them): zirself.

What kind of pronoun is zie?

Zie is a personal pronoun. It’s singular.

But before we get too grammatical, it should be noted that ze is what’s called a neopronoun. A neopronoun is a gender-neutral pronoun that has been recently coined to fill the lack of gender-neutral options in English (not all gender-neutral pronouns are neopronouns—singular they has been used for centuries).

Grammatically speaking, zie is categorized as a third person pronoun (like he, she, him, her, and them), meaning that it’s used to refer to anyone other than the person doing the addressing (first person) or the ones being addressed (second person).

Zie is a nominative pronoun, meaning that it’s generally used as the subject of a sentence—the one doing the action—as opposed to the object (the one on the receiving end of some action). A common objective form of zie is zir, as in Ze asked me to drive zir home. However, other object forms are sometimes used.

For more, check out our guide to gender-neutral pronouns.

And our guide to gender-neutral language.

How do you pronounce the pronoun zie?

The neopronoun zie is typically pronounced zee. The similar pronouns ze, xe, and xie are usually pronounced in the same way.

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From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.