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    He was a round little man with a red face and a whole box of tools with dials and wires. He smiled at Margie and gave her an apple, then took the teacher apart. Margie had hoped he wouldn't know how to put it together again, but he knew how all right, and, after an hour or so, there it was again, large and black and ugly, with a big screen on which all the lessons were shown and the questions were asked. That wasn't so bad. The part Margie hated most was the slot where she had to put homework and test papers. She always had to write them out in a punch code they made her learn when she was six years old, and the mechanical teacher calculated the mark in no time.

    Here, the highlighted word `they' refer to whom?

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    "They" is all those people who taught her in the past.

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    Hello user_gary.
    Do you really have to open a new thread for every single thing that is unclear to you? It's all related to Earth is Room Enough.
    Is it possible to post only in this thread?

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    Gary was told to do this when he started using the forums - it may be time consuming, but actually it is easier to deal with his queries.

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    Sorry... It just wasn't economic...

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    As a footnote:

    "They" often refers in ordinary usage to "unspecified people in authority", e.g. as in the headline of this article ("What they don't want you to know about the coming oil crisis"):

    What they don't want you to know about the coming oil crisis - Independent Online Edition > Environment

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    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    Written by Jerome Kern (music) and Otto Harbach (lyrics) for the musical "Roberta" in 1933
    Recording by The Platters was a # 1 hit in 1959
    Remade in 1973 by Blue Haze, it hit # 27


    They, asked me how I knew,
    My true love was true,
    I of course replied, something here inside,
    Can not be denied.
    They, said some day you'll find,
    All who love are blind,
    When you heart's on fire, you must realize,
    Smoke gets in your eyes.
    So I chaffed them, and I gaily laughed,
    To think they would doubt our love,
    And yet today, my love has gone away,
    I am without my love.
    Now laughing friends deride,
    Tears I cannot hide,
    So I smile and say, when a lovely flame dies,
    Smoke gets in your eyes,
    Smoke gets in your eyes.

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