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could you please tell me why we use "it" and "that" as singular pronouns in this sentence? Do we always do the same in Eglish or we can you use plural pronouns instead too? :

Blockquote Skin too light or too dark? Creams can handle that. Gummy smile or biggish nose? Surgery can remake it.

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    Because "A or B" is singular? "This match will decide whether Smith or Jones is better."
    – bof
    Aug 20 '19 at 10:02
  • You're right; plural agreement would be expected here, at least in the second case. But 'Surgery can remake those' sounds less punchy – in fact, verging on unidiomatic. 'That' for 'those [related] situations' is probably quite acceptable. Aug 21 '19 at 13:04
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These are not parallel constructions, and that may be confusing you.

Skin too light or too dark? Creams can handle that.

Here, that refers to the (singular) situation.

Gummy smile or biggish nose? Surgery can remake it.

Here, it refers to the (singular) situation.

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  • Would you allow 'A rip in your jacket or a headache? Aspirin can help.'? 'It' can't just refer to the second disjunct. Aug 21 '19 at 15:13
  • Thanks, I edited for clarity.
    – Davo
    Aug 21 '19 at 16:38
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    I'm not sure that 'it' isn't intended refer to both 'smile' and 'nose' in a rather naughty (but punchier) construction (as OP hints). Aug 21 '19 at 16:54
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In the first part Blackquote skin is singular so the pronoun 'that' is used. In the second Gummy smile and biggish nose are two things but they are connected by the conjunction "or so the pronoun" it "is used For example, It is a wooden chair or an iron chair.Isn't it?

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  • @Hot Licks' I have answered and deleted the previous answer submitted on behalf ov Aug 22 '19 at 0:40

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