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 10:50.
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.