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    #1

    She had it/them altered.

    This pair of jeans was too long. She had it/them altered.

    Which word in bold should I use?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: She had it/them altered.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    This pair of jeans was too long. She had it/them altered.
    It.

    More natural would be: These jeans were too long. She had them altered.

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    #3

    Re: She had it/them altered.

    Quote Originally Posted by ;699713
    It.

    More natural would be: These jeans were too long. She had them altered.
    Thanks, Fivejedjon.

    Does using "These jeans" give the impression that there is more than one pair of jeans?

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    #4

    Re: She had it/them altered.

    No. Context would tell whether more than one pair was meant.

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    #5

    Re: She had it/them altered.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No. Context would tell whether more than one pair was meant.
    Thanks, SoothingDave.

    These jeans were too long. She had them altered.
    (How would you make it clear that the above sentence means 'one pair of jeans'?)

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    Re: She had it/them altered.

    If you were holding the jeans in your hand, then it would be clear that there was just one pair.

    To be absolutely clear, in writing, with no other context, you would need to say "this pair of jeans."

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