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    what does this refer to?

    ... The earliest films were very short, just snippets in fact, but the audiences were easily impressed. They were very pleased to watch them. Early film makers liked the scenes of wild animals attacking the audience and those which showed cowboys shooting straight at them. Early...

    I wrote "scenes of" as an answer but the answer key tells me to get rid of "of".
    My answer seems pretty good to me so I decided to ask for some help.

    Also, I couldn't choose which tense I should use for "to decide". (Present perfect or simple past)

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: what does this refer to?

    Do you mean you wrote 'scenes of' in place of 'those'? If so, 'of' is wrong.

    Either 'I decided' or 'I have decided' is correct.

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    Re: what does this refer to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Do you mean you wrote 'scenes of' in place of 'those'? If so, 'of' is wrong.

    Either 'I decided' or 'I have decided' is correct.
    Yes, I was trying to say that in a different way but surely I have failed on that one too. :/

    And probably I couldn't manage to use the right preposition after "to fail".

    So why is it not correct can you please explain?
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    Re: what does this refer to?

    You are looking for a parallel structure which the writer has avoided for the sake of variety.

    A parallel structure would be '...they liked the scenes of wild animals attacking and they liked the scenes of cowboys shooting...'

    or

    '...they liked the scenes which showed animals attacking and the scenes which showed cowboys shooting...'


    Note that a better title would have been The earliest films...

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