1. Key Member
Join Date
Nov 2002
Posts
1,747

## it

Is this sentence correct:
1-The monument was unveiled earlier Thursday despite efforts by certain officials to stop it.

If it is, then the "it" replaces "the unveiling of the monument", does it not?

Could one say:
2-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent it.
or
3-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent that.
or
4-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent him.

2. Webmaster, UsingEnglish.com
Join Date
Nov 2002
Posts
3,321

## Re: it

Originally Posted by navi tasan
Is this sentence correct:
1-The monument was unveiled earlier Thursday despite efforts by certain officials to stop it.
The monument was unveiled earlier on Thursday despite efforts by certain officials to stop it.

Originally Posted by navi tasan
If it is, then the "it" replaces "the unveiling of the monument", does it not?
I think so, yes.

Originally Posted by navi tasan
Could one say:
2-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent it.
or
3-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent that.
or
4-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent him.
I'd suggest that John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent it is correct.

3. ## Re: it

Originally Posted by navi tasan
Is this sentence correct:
1-The monument was unveiled earlier Thursday despite efforts by certain officials to stop it.

If it is, then the "it" replaces "the unveiling of the monument", does it not?

Could one say:
2-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent it.
or
3-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent that.
or
4-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent him.
I agree with your analysis of #1.

For the other, #2 and #3 are fine, but not #4.

4. Key Member
Join Date
Nov 2002
Posts
1,747
Thank you Red5 and Mike.
Another question of the same kind:
Are these sentences correct:
1-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent him.
2-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent it.
3-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent that.

5. Originally Posted by navi tasan
Thank you Red5 and Mike.
Another question of the same kind:
Are these sentences correct:
1-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent him.
2-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent it.
3-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent that.
In this set, I would only use #3.

6. Originally Posted by navi tasan
Thank you Red5 and Mike.
Another question of the same kind:
Are these sentences correct:
1-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent him.
2-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent it.
3-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent that.
I agree with Mike. The word that in the third sentence refers to John going out--something neither him nor it does.

8)

#### Posting Permissions

• You may not post new threads
• You may not post replies
• You may not post attachments
• You may not edit your posts
•

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1