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    after doing an exercise
    there is a question I don't understand
    find this sentence's error
    35. Often a child likes to be read to because they get the reader's full attention.
    a.child likes
    b.they
    c.reader's
    d.No error.

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    Default Re: question~

    Quote Originally Posted by whisper
    after doing an exercise
    there is a question I don't understand
    find this sentence's error
    35. Often a child likes to be read to because they get the reader's full attention.
    a.child likes
    b.they
    c.reader's
    d.No error.
    IMO, the error is with "they". This is a plural pronoun used to refer to a singular child. There are many today who would argue that this use of a plural pronoun, when the gender of the antecedent is unknown, is correct, but, strictly speaking, it is not correct.

    The best fixes for this sentence would be:

    1. Rephrase it in the plural: Often, children like to be read to because they get the reader's full attention.

    2. Use "he gets" instead of "they get".

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