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    Re: Pronouns

    Thank you very much emsr2d2..
    It was awfully kind..... and patient of you. Everything's clear NOW.
    Last edited by wace; 19-Aug-2013 at 11:50.

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    Re: Pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    - 'I had a friend over for dinner last night.'
    - 'Oh, who was it?
    - 'It was an old friend from high school. You may remember him
    (first reference). His name is Jack Wilkins (second reference)

    Does the use of pronouns in this dialogue sound natural and correct?
    The pronouns sound perfectly natural to me there, and it sounds the same in the original pair.

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    Re: Pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE
    'I had an old friend from high school over for dinner last night.'
    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Thank you for rephrasing it but you simply connected two sentences. No, I didn't. I answered your question first: "As the friend's gender is known, use 'he'".
    Where in the sentence does it say that it's a man?
    You told us you had dinner with a friend and asked us to choose between 'it' and 'he'. If you'd had dinner with a woman you'd have said 'she'.

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    Re: Pronouns

    Ok, Rover. I'm sorry. I thought that the pronoun 'it' was, in my sentence, a sort of dummy pronoun as it referred to the word 'friend' which, in English (unlike most other Europeran languages) does not specify the person's gender. In my post #7 I provided an example in which 'gender-specific' pronouns were added later in the dialogue. It now seems clear that you and your colleagues were suggesting that it was not a technical matter, but a logical one. Knowing my friend's gender, I should have used the pronoun HE from the very start (maybe I was thinking of the example 'Who is it? - It's John)- I apologize if I drove half the forum's teachers nuts with my pressing requests for clarification.

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    Re: Pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    I apologize if I drove half the forum's teachers nuts with my pressing requests for clarification.
    What was frustrating was that in the first sentence of the first response to your question, Rover answered it clearly. You seemed bent on ignoring this.

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