Grammar question regarding 'they' as a pronoun

Excuse my lack of knowledge, but this question came to my mind recently and I was not able to answer it with my own research. From what I know singular they uses ‘are’. So it’s “They are wearing a blue shirt.” instead of “They is wearing a blue shirt.” But what if we use the persons name instead of they. F.e: Riley.
Is it “Riley is wearing a blue shirt.” or “Riley are wearing a blue shirt.”?

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In that case, it would be “Riley is…” The verb conjugations “is” and “are” don’t in themselves have any connotations of gender and “Riley are” would sound very strange. Hope that helps!

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Yes, thank you.

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Singular “they” works as plural “they” would. Use “are” as the auxiliary.

When you’re referring to a person by name, you’re using normal pronouns; use “is.”


Nice UEF, btw.

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First game I ever owned, didn’t even run properly on my moms computer but it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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