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    Doubt about pronoun reference

    ''The Army, which paid soldiers large bonuses to re-enlist when their tours of duty were over, changed
    this policy beginning when their budget was cut''.
    Hello, 'Army' as ''Jury' can be in a singular form? Concearning the exemplified sentence, if I use ''paid the soldier'', will I need - in order to get a clearer effect - maintain ''their budget'' to avoind double meaning with ''the soldier''?

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    Re: Doubt about pronoun reference

    "Their budget" clearly refers back to the Army. If you wish to consider "Army" to be singular, then you would have to change the possessive adjective for budget to be "its budget." The change has nothing to do with the part about the soldiers. Since the sentence is about a policy (i.e. a general statement about what they Army used to do but then changed), it would not be appropriate to change the sentence to use "the soldier." The previous, but changed, policy clearly applied to multiple people, not just to a single soldier.

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    Re: Doubt about pronoun reference

    Quote Originally Posted by GuilhermeRM View Post
    ''The Army, which paid soldiers large bonuses to re-enlist when their tours of duty were over, changed
    this policy beginning when their budget was cut''.
    Hello, 'Army' as ''Jury' can be in a singular form? Concearning the exemplified sentence, if I use ''paid the soldier'', will I need - in order to get a clearer effect - maintain ''their budget'' to avoind double meaning with ''the soldier''?

    If you want to use the singular for "army", you can. The sentence would then read:

    The Army, which paid soldiers large bonuses to re-enlist when their tours of duty were over, changed its policy [beginning] when its budget was cut.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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