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    Antecedent question

    Normally after designing the software and the hardware, the two will have to be integrated. Before the system is put into operation, "it" must be tested and debugged where necessary. In any software and the hardware must be compatible. All such issues should be discussed.


    - What does the word "it" refer to?
    1. hardware
    2. system
    3. software
    4. both 1,3

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    Re: Antecedent question

    What do you think? It's quite straightforward.

    By the way, the third sentence does not make sense. Did you copy it correctly?

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    Re: Antecedent question

    I think No.2 is the correct answer. But, the answer key picked up No.4!

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    Re: Antecedent question

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    I think No.2 is the correct answer. But, the answer key picked up No.4!
    I agree with you.

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    Re: Antecedent question

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    I think No.2 is the correct answer. But, the answer key picked up No.4!
    Well 4 is just not right. Nor are 1 or 3.
    Normally, software is designed knowing which hardware it's going to run on, but that's by the by.

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    Re: Antecedent question

    Is there any possibility for the pronoun "it" to refer to plural nouns? or we need to use "they", "those" and "these" ? If you confirm that "it" can refer to plural nouns ( I don't know. I'm asking you), so I think hardware and software can replace "It". It's not well-organized sentence, I know.

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    Re: Antecedent question

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Is there any possibility for the pronoun "it" to refer to plural nouns? or we need to use "they", "those" and "these" ? If you confirm that "it" can refer to plural nouns ( I don't know. I'm asking you), so I think hardware and software can replace "It". It's not well-organized sentence, I know.
    Even if "it" could be used to refer to plural nouns, the positioning of the clause in that sentence still points "it" at "system".

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