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    #1

    'all of it' or 'all of them'

    "My father loved to paint. He was a very accomplished amateur painter. Oils-he painted pictures of abandoned mills, and of barns, and of people and sailboats and lighthouses. All of it was real. All of it he saw around New London."
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    Hello, I was just wondering why 'all of them were ...' and 'all of them he saw ...' couldn't be used. I know 'it' refers to a totality of 'abandoned mills,' 'barns,' 'people,' 'sailboats,' and 'lighthouses.' But can't just 'them' be used to look at the 'abandoned mills,' 'barns,' etc. as well?

    "My father loved to paint. He was a very accomplished amateur painter. Oils-he painted pictures of abandoned mills, and of barns, and of people and sailboats and lighthouses. All of them were real. All of them he saw around New London."

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    #2

    Re: 'all of it' or 'all of them'

    Yes, you can use "them". I actually would prefer it.

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