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Pour mixture into large saucepan, heat until boiling, then add three pounds sugar and leave on low heat for 45 minutes.
If I use an object pronoun after the word Leave, I should use it or them?
In brief, which one is a correct object pronoun for (three pounds sugar)? It or them?
Leave it on ........
Leave them on ......
Source of the above sentence: Practical English Usage by Michael Swan, Oxford Press.
Ok thanks but what if there was only "three pounds sugar"?
On that time we would say leave it or leave them?
My main question is that "three pounds sugar" needs a singular pronoun or plural.
I would still use the singular. "Pour three pounds of sugar into a pan and cook [it] over a low heat. When it is ready, add the other ingredients."
For me, it's "an amount of sugar which weighs three pounds". An amount = it.
Note that you must say "three pounds of sugar".
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.