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    which is correct?

    My answer is (a). Am I correct?

    a) Dawn received a call from a lawyer enquiring if their company was representing John and if they were, he requested her to send them a letter of representation

    b) Dawn received a call from a lawyer enquiring if their company is representing John and if they are, he requested her to send them a letter of representation.

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    Re: which is correct?

    Both sentences are unnatural and too long. I would break "a" into two sentences.

    Dawn received a call from a lawyer enquiring whether their company was representing John. If they were, the lawyer requested her to send them a letter of representation.

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    Re: which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    My answer is (a). Am I correct?

    a) Dawn received a call from a lawyer enquiring if their company was representing John and if they were, he requested her to send them a letter of representation

    b) Dawn received a call from a lawyer enquiring if their company is representing John and if they are, he requested her to send them a letter of representation.
    You might hear/read either, even if the representation were still in progress, but I prefer b).

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    Re: which is correct?

    Who is the "they" in "their company"?

    Dawn's company? If so, then it should be "her" company.

    I can't tell if it's supposed to mean that the lawer who called (whose sex we don't know) is the "they" in "their company" but wouldn't a lawyer from that company know whether or not they were representing John?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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