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    who ( or what ) was ( or were or is or are ) caught ?

    Hi all,

    Caught in this battlefield, it is easy to claim victimhood and suffocate in the sadness of national ...............

    What does it refer to ?

    and who ( or what ) was ( or were or is or are ) caught ?

    Many thanks


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    Re: who ( or what ) was ( or were or is or are ) caught ?

    The pronoun "It" refers to the verbs "claim victimhood and suffocate..."
    Who was caught?
    -generally, you or everyone else even me!

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    Re: who ( or what ) was ( or were or is or are ) caught ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mahdian.1979 View Post
    The pronoun "It" refers to the verbs "claim victimhood and suffocate..."
    Who was caught?
    -generally, you or everyone else even me!
    So:

    To claim victimhood [...] is easy (for one) when one is caught in this battlefied.

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    Re: who ( or what ) was ( or were or is or are ) caught ?



    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Hi all,

    Caught in this battlefield, it is easy to claim victimhood and suffocate in the sadness of national ...............

    What does it refer to ?

    and who ( or what ) was ( or were or is or are ) caught ?

    Many thanks
    But you've identified a problem with a participle phrase such as 'Caught in this battlefield'. Hearing or reading such a phrase, the recipient automatically tries to relate it to the next subject pronoun. So it's a good idea to avoid this sort of impersonal 'it' in this sort of context.

    b

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