Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 1,894
    #1

    (A) her friends (B) theirs (C) friends (D) them

    Amy invited many friends to her party. Most of _____ are from the USA.
    (A) her friends (B) theirs (C) friends (D) them
    The answer is option D. Is option A also acceptable?

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #2

    Re: (A) her friends (B) theirs (C) friends (D) them

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Amy invited many friends to her party. Most of _____ are from the USA.
    (A) her friends (B) theirs (C) friends (D) them
    The answer is option D. Is option A also acceptable?
    Yes, A is grammatically acceptable, but D is the obvious answer. It would be very unnatural to use 'her friends' again here.
    However, 'them' is not necessarily true logically, since the friends from the USA might not be the friends she invited to the party. In that case, 'her friends' would be wrong because it would inaccurately tend to imply that it is her friends from America that are invited.

  2. konungursvia's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 5,158
    #3

    Re: (A) her friends (B) theirs (C) friends (D) them

    I agree, though it wouldn't be all that unnatural here in North America, particularly if the emphasis was on 'her' in the phrase 'her friends'. People here do talk that way, at times.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] "Many friends of my friends love studying English."
    By sky3120 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 27-Oct-2012, 22:04
  2. It is more important to keep old friends than to make new friends?
    By xavierwu1993 in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Dec-2011, 18:14
  3. [Grammar] Have b.een friends OR are friends?
    By Andromida111 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-Dec-2009, 23:49
  4. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29-Aug-2009, 18:18

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •