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    Which do "they" and "their actions" refer to? "Social campaigns" or "people"? "they" surely seems to refer to "social campaigns", but "their" of "their actions" is vague, I think "their" could mean "of social campaigns" or "the people involved in social campaigns".

    12) Social campaigns have been organized to fight against child labor in India. However, they were not so successful because the Indian people did not feel (that) their actions could make much difference. To change people's attitude toward the issue, a new style of advertising was attempted. Instead of putting posters on walls, a life-size child's [statue/status]holding up a heavy box above his head [was/were] placed in several shopping malls.
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    Default Re: their actions could make much difference

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Which do "they" and "their actions" refer to? "Social campaigns" or "people"? "they" surely seems to refer to "social campaigns", but "their" of "their actions" is vague, I think "their" could mean "of social campaigns" or "the people involved in social campaigns".

    12) Social campaigns have been organizedto fight against child labor in India. However, they were not so successful because the Indian people did not feel (that) their actions could make much difference. To change people's attitude toward the issue, a new style of advertising was attempted. Instead of putting posters on walls, a life-size child's [statue/status]holding up a heavy box above his head [was/were] placed in several shopping malls.
    "People" does not appear before "they" and "their actions" so it would be difficult for the two phrases to refer back to them. Both refer to "Social campaigns". Whilst I agree that a campaign, as an inanimate object, can't actually physically take action, I wouldn't say that that means that "their actions" has to refer to the people taken the actions.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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