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Be aware that formatting the pendrive or the flash card will erase any data stored on it.

Should the last word be "it" or "them/these"? I opted for "it" given the pendrive and flash card are separated by "or" rather than "and", but I'm still unsure.

  • 'will erase any stored data.' – Edwin Ashworth Dec 13 '16 at 23:31
  • Did you introduce a specific pen drive and flash card in a previous sentence? If not, then avoid definite articles. Use "formatting a pen drive or a flash card will erase any data stored on it" – Spencer Dec 14 '16 at 0:08
  • singular OR singular. Therefore, singular "it" – curious-proofreader Dec 14 '16 at 1:22
  • Be aware that formatting the pendrive or the flash card will erase any data stored on the device. – aparente001 Dec 14 '16 at 4:51
  • Edwin, simple but effective, I like it. Curious proofreader and aparente001 both tell me that the rules of logic are applied, that is, a singular OR singular should take a subsequent singular pronoun, which is great for future reference. Thanks all. – Anthony Dec 14 '16 at 6:29
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Might have avoided the concern with: .....stored thereon.

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    John, it is best not to answer a question that is on a quick road to getting closed, as this one is (due to it being a proofreading question, or perhaps because the author didn't share any research or attempts to figure it out before posting). – aparente001 Dec 14 '16 at 4:52
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    Hi, I did explain my reasoning for using "it". – Anthony Dec 14 '16 at 6:24
  • I think I like this answer most John M. – Anthony Dec 14 '16 at 6:29

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