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What does “their” refer to in this sentence?

I'm having a hard time with this sentence: Professional bodies will monitor, and if necessary, discipline members who do not adhere to their ethical principles. Does 'their' refer to the members ...
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Is it correct to use “his or her” after “Neither Jake nor Janet…”?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: "Neither Jake nor Janet brought his or her homework to class." I understand that it has recently become acceptable to use a singular they for ...
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Can “they” be used without an explicit antecedent noun phrase in a sentence like this?

Can I say "His wife is named Jane, and they have two sons," or do I have to say "he has two sons" instead of "they have"? My paragraph was about the man, so is it wrong to say "they have" instead of "...
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I want to lnow what is the antecedent of the pronoun “it” in the following context?

the source It’s the third time since 2015 that such a collision has been observed via an instrument called LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory), which consists of a pair of ...
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Can somebody please explain this usage of “of what”?

I cannot tell what the antecedent for the pronoun in of what is here in this long sentence from an eponymous 2001 book on Andy Warhol by DHD Buchloh: I shall, however, want to claim that there is a ...
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British non-finite do-substitution and anaphora

I need your judgments on the following responses to "Do you travel by train often?": Yes, I have done since retiring. Yes, I have, since retiring. Yes, I have done so since retiring. Yes, I have done ...
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What object am I referring to in this sentence?

I apologize if my question is too basic, my English is a little rusty and I have always had trouble with this concept: Consider the following sentence: Once I finished the project, I found that ...
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Which pronoun should be used to refer to“young figure”: “it” or “her”?

In my writing group, one man wrote this sentence in an except we critiqued: John stood for a moment and watched the lithe, young figure make her way down the street. I suggested it should read "...
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What explains the differing levels of acceptability of 'that' in the following examples?

Consider the following exchanges: [1Q]: Is E̲x̲x̲o̲n̲ your parent company?.................. [1A]: Yes, t̲h̲a̲t̲ is our parent company. [2Q]:...
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Is “those” used as an anaphor or a deictic?

The following is from an essay titled "'DOUBLE SUFFERING' WHEN WOMEN TARGETED NOT ONLY FOR GENDER BUT ALSO FOR RELIGION": A year ago, a special conference focusing on this issue heard how women are ...
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Inverse of an antecedent

An antecedent refers to an earlier noun to derive its meaning, for example, Taylor likes his pizza hot. Here, his derives its meaning from Taylor. What is the anaphora or inverse of the ...