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    What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    The first successful British colon, at Jamestown on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, was not founded until 1607. The first settlers relied on suppliers from England and depended on the Indians to teach them how to survive. Not until they began cultivating tobacco for sale abroad could they finance their activities and develop their country.

    I'm not sure about what the undelined "them" is indicating.

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    Re: What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    The underlined "them" refers to "settlers".

    In your first sentence "colon" should be "colony".

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    Re: What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    I have a feeling it should be "supplies ", not "suppliers". The latter is not grammatically incorrect. It just seems more natural with "supplies ".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    I agree, but "suppliers" are people/companies who send supplies.

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    Re: What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    H​ence my saying that it's grammatically correct. I just think it's more likely that the original used "supplies".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The underlined "them" refers to "settlers".

    In your first sentence "colon" should be "colony".
    Sorry colon was mistypo. If antecedent of them is settlers, shoudn't it be "themselves"? Or am I missing(mistaking?
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    Re: What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    No, you are mistaken.

    They had to rely on the Indians to teach them how to survive.
    I had to rely on my friend to teach me how to make tea.
    We had to rely on our parents to teach us how to cross the road.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yonsu99 View Post
    Sorry colon was mistypo. If antecedent of them is settlers, shoudn't it be "themselves"? Or am I missing(mistaking?
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    No, "themselves" would be wrong. The "Indians" taught them, they didn't teach themselves. "themselves" would refer to the "Indians".

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    Re: What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    No. "Themselves" doesn't work there. One should not use a reflexive pronoun in places in which a regular pronoun will work.

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    Re: What is "them" referring to in this passage?

    Thank you, Mike, emsr, bhaisahab.

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