Anonymous: Observe: Sam boarded the bus eager to start his next chapter of life at Rydell high School. Despite what others had told them, they were optimistic for what adventures lied ahead. Once Sam got to school he went looking for their first class, cluelessly wandering the halls the only thing helping them was the fact they weren't alone in this endeavor that we all go through: high school. By changing "was" to "were" and "wasn't" to "weren't" your left with a perfectly legible sentence.
Yes the sentence is legible but it changes the perspective, also in the beginning of the third sentence you use “he” and because of the earlier posts we are trying to avoid using he or she.
My first point about perspective though, the phrase “they were optimistic” and “(S)he was optmistic” are two different phrases. The first implies multiple people were optimistic while the latter states that a single person, in this case that would be Sam, was optimistic. That’s two different things.
I’m not saying I think we need to change all of my gender pronouns and rethink how I write but the poster before me said something incorrect and I’m going to call him or her on it.
In conclusion you can not always replace he/she him/her without changing the meaning of the senentce, and you shouldn’t need to anyway.