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    I've heard about guide dogs, but I've never seen ______.

    I've heard about guide dogs, but I've never seen ______.
    (A) them (B) it (C) him (D) one
    The answer is option D. What's wrong with option A?

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    Re: I've heard about guide dogs, but I've never seen ______.

    To me, there's nothing wrong with "A". However "D" is more emphatic, which means "I've never seen even one guide dog in my life". To be honest, if I were you, I would also be confused.

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    Re: I've heard about guide dogs, but I've never seen ______.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I've heard about guide dogs, but I've never seen ______.
    (A) them (B) it (C) him (D) one
    The answer is option D. What's wrong with option A?
    A is not right. When you see a guide dog, it's usually a single dog (unless you work with them).
    If it were something specific like a band, "I've heard of Pearl Jam, but I've never seen them", 'them' would be right.
    If it were something that you would normally see a lot of together (eg. fire ants), "I've heard of fire ants, but I've never seen any/them).
    There's nothing grammatically wrong with A, but pragmatically, it's unlikely to be heard in the context of something you'd expect to see only one of at a time.

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    Re: I've heard about guide dogs, but I've never seen ______.

    I agree with Raymott.

    Compare - 'I've heard of child prodigies, but I've never met one.'

    Rover

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