I need to describe that I was looking at a book flipping by the wind and when it stopped all the pages were blank so is there something wrong in this sentence:

The pages stopped flipping and all of it were blank.

  • Perhaps "them" instead of it, after all the pages are plural and you've correctly pluralised were. Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 18:29

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Yes, there is a problem with the sentence.

You've got an issue with agreement:

  • "pages" is in plural
  • "it" is singular
  • "were" is plural.

So you would have to change "it" into plural.

"The pages stopped flipping and all of them were blank."

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    Or "all of it was blank" would work equally well, "it" in this context referring to the book. Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 14:50
  • I thought about that, @PrimeMover, but decided against suggesting it as "the pages stopped flipping, and all of it was blank" seemed weird without explicit inclusion of the word "book" in the preceding clause.
    – kaipmdh
    Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 12:28

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