Use gender-neutral words and phrases. Some rewording may be necessary to make language as neutral and inclusive as possible—e.g., use an article rather than a pronoun; omit a pronoun; use an article in place of a pronoun; drop feminine suffixes such as -ette and -ess; use chair, not chairman; avoid using his or her; where possible, use plural nouns and pronouns to eliminate gender in a sentence. When writing about a specific person who uses gender-neutral pronouns, use the pronouns the person uses. If the audience might be unfamiliar with the pronouns, consider adding a note for clarification. See also nonsexist language; Techniques for achieving gender neutrality, CMS 5.255; Gender-neutral singular pronouns, CMS 5.256.