after doing an exercise
there is a question I don't understand
find this sentence's error
35. Often a child likes to be read to because they get the reader's full attention.
IMO, the error is with "they". This is a plural pronoun used to refer to a singular child. There are many today who would argue that this use of a plural pronoun, when the gender of the antecedent is unknown, is correct, but, strictly speaking, it is not correct.
Originally Posted by whisper
The best fixes for this sentence would be:
1. Rephrase it in the plural: Often, children like to be read to because they get the reader's full attention.
2. Use "he gets" instead of "they get".
By moonwalker in forum Ask a Teacher
Last Post: 02-Aug-2004, 04:06
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