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    Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are at a travel agency gettins some information about their tours. What does their refer to here. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are at a travel agency gettins some information about their tours. What does their refer to here. Thanks.

    Ok, I'm going to explain this to you as well as correct your sentence. The sentence should be worded like this:

    Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are at a travel agency getting some information about their tours.

    Their in this sentence refers to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas. It's a posessive pronoun meaning that Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are the people and the tours belong to them, thus it is their tours.

    Hope this helps.
    Ali aka FLHomeschoolMommy

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are at a travel agency gettins some information about their tours. What does their refer to here. Thanks.
    It is impossible to say for certain in that sentence.

    Their could apply to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas or the travel agency.

    Even though "travel agency" is singular, it is common to refer to a business as a plural entity when it comes to pronouns.

    The sentence should be rephrased.

    Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are at a travel agency getting some information about itstours. (now it clearly refers to agency)

    Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are at a travel agency getting some information about the tours they offer/it offers. (also clearly refers to agency)

    Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are at a travel agency getting some information about the tours they purchased. (now it clearly refers to the customers)

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