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More on Pronoun Vagueness

In the previous English lesson on pronoun vagueness, we discussed how vague gendered and non-gendered pronouns can make it difficult or even impossible to understand who or what a writer is referring to. Another type of pronoun vagueness can occur with pronouns that refer back to concepts or ideas. Consider the following examples, which have…

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Pronoun Vagueness

Compared to verbs in other languages, English verbs tell the reader relatively little about whom or what is performing an action. English verbs can express number (singular or plural) but not gender (masculine or feminine). This means that a subject pronoun cannot be omitted from a sentence because the verb itself cannot “imply” the correct…

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