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    1-In this city the zoo is not the only place there are wild animals . Some people keep them in their apartments.



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    Re: them

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Is this correct:

    1-In this city the zoo is not the only place there are wild animals . Some people keep them in their apartments.


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    In this city, the zoo is not the only place where there are wild animals. Some people keep them in their apartments.

    Maybe there is a verb which is more suitable than "to keep" in this context.

    Waiting for a more learned reply.

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    Re: them

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Is this correct: Yes.

    1-In this city the zoo is not the only place there are wild animals . Some people keep them in their apartments.


    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
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    In this city, the zoo is not the only place where there are wild animals. Some people keep them in their apartments.

    Maybe there is a verb which is more suitable than "to keep" in this context.
    I find keep appropriate in this context.
    Waiting for a more learned reply.
    Both versions are fine, but my preference would be the original.

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    Re: them

    Some people keep them in their apartments.
    The resort to "them" is an example of anaphora. The referent of the pronoun is easily recoverable from the previous part of the text.

    In this city the zoo is not the only place there are wild animals
    I underlined the nouns to which "them" may refer.

    Keep the city in their apartments? No.
    Keep the zoo in their apartments? No.
    Keep animals in their apartments? Yes.

    Pragmatic competence helps recover the referent of "them" from the surrounding context.

    In this city the zoo is not the only place where there are wild animals.
    "where" is an adnominal relative adverb, the omission of which leaves the sentence intact from a grammatical point of view.

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