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    Question Who is this 'he' in these sentence?

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    After his father finished talking, he fell unconscious.
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    For native English speakers, who is the 'he' in this sentence, the son or the father?
    In storical logic, it should be the fater; but in first impression, it sounds to me like the son.

    2nd question, is that a proper English sentence that most educated native speakers might say, or is that an awful sentense that makes sense but confusing?

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    Last edited by mm6ff8; 25-Sep-2013 at 06:33. Reason: typo

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    Re: Who is this 'he' in these sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by mm6ff8 View Post
    Need help!

    Sentence:
    After his father finished talking, he fell unconscious.
    --------
    For native English speakers, who is the 'he' in this sentence, the son or the father?
    In storical logic, it should be the fater; but in first impression, it sounds to me like the son.

    2nd question, is that a proper English sentence that most educated native speakers might say, or is that an awful sentense that makes sense but confusing?

    Regards,

    Nick Chen
    Without more context it's ambiguous.

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    Re: Who is this 'he' in these sentence?

    It's ambiguous.

    What do you mean by 'storical logic'?

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    Re: Who is this 'he' in these sentence?

    If it's ambiguous in context, then it's not a very good sentence. If it's clear who fell unconscious, then it's fine.

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