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    kohyoongliat is offline Senior Member
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    Default Joe's grandmother / She

    Joe's grandmother's birthday was a week away. Joe's grandmother / She decided to sew a dress for herself.

    Which word/s in bold should I use?

    Thank you very much.

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    Post Re: Joe's grandmother / She

    Joe's grandmother is the right answer.

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    Default Re: Joe's grandmother / She

    Agreed! The subject of the first sentence is "Joe's grandmother's birthday", so a pronoun referent in the second sentence would be confusing (who is "she"?).

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    Default Re: Joe's grandmother / She

    I am a bit surprised by these answers.

    Joe's grandmother's birthday was a week away. She decided to sew a dress for herself.


    Where is the confusion? In my view, "She" is the better option.

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    Default Re: Joe's grandmother / She

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I am a bit surprised by these answers.

    Joe's grandmother's birthday was a week away. She decided to sew a dress for herself.


    Where is the confusion? In my view, "She" is the better option.
    Thanks, Anglika. I was also surprised by the answer too. Maybe when they were answering, they thought Joe is a girl. Hence, the confusion.

    By the way, is "is" correctly used in the above sentence? I'm confused because of the verb 'thought'. On the other hand, Joe is always a male person.

    Thanks, again.

    Best wishes.

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    Default Re: Joe's grandmother / She

    Maybe when they were answering, they thought Joe is a girl.

    "is" can be used in this sentence, though more usually it would be "was".

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    Post Re: Joe's grandmother / She

    I thought I have to choose between grandmother or she, keeping joe's.

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    Default Re: Joe's grandmother / She

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Maybe when they were answering, they thought Joe is a girl.

    "is" can be used in this sentence, though more usually it would be "was".
    Many thanks, Anglika.

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    Default Re: Joe's grandmother / She

    Quote Originally Posted by aous02 View Post
    I thought I have to choose between grandmother or she, keeping joe's.
    The subject is birthday, not Joe, not grandmother, and not Joe's grandmother.

    Given the following two choices for the second clause, Joe's grandmother and She, both are acceptable but one is a tad redundant, which is why I'd choose the other, She.


    [1] Joe's grandmother's birthday was a week away. Joe's grandmother decided to sew a dress for herself.
    [2] Joe's grandmother's birthday was a week away. She decided to sew a dress for herself.


    If, however, Joe is female, then rework the pronoun, like this,


    [3] Joe's grandmother's birthday was a week away. Her grandmother decided to sew a dress for herself.

    Does that help?

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    Default Re: Joe's grandmother / She

    Thanks, Casiopea. It helps a lot.

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