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For questions about the use of a word or phrase to refer back to a previous part of a sentence to avoid repetition. For example, "him" in "John asked Jane to pass him the butter."

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Anaphoric reference

A son looks to the affection of his parents. If they fail, they are expected to bring the case before the judge to seek justice. In the second sentence, the pronoun 'they' is used as an anaphoric ...
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"do that" stands for a negative action

Can "do(ing) that" refer to a negative action in the following? I will not talk about your exam results any further if me doing that (= not talking about your exam results) will make you ...
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omitting "ourselves"

This sentence is from TOEFL. We all tended to take these places for granted, but I do not know what we would have done to entertain ourselves without them. (for the context, these places refers ...
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What does 'that' refer to in this passage?

What does 'that' refer to in this passage? But the reason she was unavailable to speak with me is that she was out for a hike, because it was a beautiful spring morning, and she wanted to go ...
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How to interpret the sentence - "A Mother beats up her daughter because she was drunk"? [closed]

"A Mother beats up her daughter because she was drunk" So, who was drunk? Mother, or Daughter? Please tell me how to interpret the sentence. Also, If the mother was drunk how would I write a ...
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“It” vs. “them” difference between them as an anaphora?

Why if someone is knocking at a door, do we say: Who is knocking at the door? And the answer comes: It is me/him/her. Instead of saying: they are her/him/me. On the other hands, If ...
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Placement of relative clauses

I know anaphora, antecedents or relative pronouns; what bothers me most is the placement of relative clauses in a sentence. The structure of the complex sentence or compound sentence is such that I ...
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Order of placing clauses in a two-clause sentence

Which of the following is correct: If you so desire, you may download the content. You may download the content, if you so desire. Apparently, they appear to be all same but, on ...
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Otherwise Usage

According to this definition 3 for "otherwise" in this dictionary, "otherwise" could mean: def 3: in a different way to the way mentioned An example usage is also provided: I wanted to ...
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"Something Else" Reference

I have a question about an implicit reference situation with "else": I wanted to see Mike, but he was busy with something else. "Something else" must be relative to another matter, but that ...
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conversations and store it/them

Is "store it" correct? I listen in to their conversations and store it all up to tell you later. I expected the example would read as follows: I listen in to their conversations and store ...
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Is “which if you listen to will tell you” an acceptable construction?

God has equipped you with an internal compass which if you listen to will tell you if you are living to your full potential.Source: ect.org forum, topic: Does severe retrograde amnesia create a new ...
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May "so" be considered a pronoun?

Can we consider the so in the following text as a pronoun? if no, what is its grammatical role? Most people can remember a phone number for up to thirty seconds. When this short amount of time ...
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