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    She vs. It

    Yesterday I read a question that fascinated me, but I was too stupid to write down the thread's title. And this morning

    (after trying for 15 minutes) I cannot find it.

    1. Mona looks as if she were not enjoying the party.

    2. It looks as if Mona were not enjoying the party.

    I think that sentence 1 is clear: Mona looks bored, she keeps looking at her watch, and she is not participating in

    any of the party activities.

    I have the feeling that sentence 2 conveys a different meaning, but I am ashamed that -- as a native speaker --

    I cannot put my finger on it. I couldn't sleep last night thinking about it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Re: She vs. It

    Interesting- in both of those, I would use is. The second could be used to report someone else's opinion IMO.


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