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    Question "they " should be "it" ?

    Hi all,

    Here is the sentence:

    -You'll see a copy before they're printed.

    It indicates they're but nothing is plural before the in information about "they're".
    It should be "it's" which replaces a copy.
    Is this sentence correct or not?

    Thank you for your time.

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    Re: "they " should be "it" ?

    The sentence is correct.

    "You'll see a copy before they're printed" means that you can see it quicker online,
    Last edited by probus; 21-Jan-2015 at 05:44.

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    Re: "they " should be "it" ?

    I'd like to see more context. As this is written, "before it's printed" may be correct.

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    Re: "they " should be "it" ?

    I am not a teacher.

    I agree. It could be either.

    If it's a publication of some sort, or a print job with multiple copies, then it would obviously be plural.

    There is a slight logical inconsistency if it's singular, though. If there is only one example of 'it' then how can there be a copy for you to see? Perhaps we're talking about seeing a proof or galley proof of it.

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    Re: "they " should be "it" ?

    I assumed it could refer to a digital copy. One scans the document. There is a digital copy. Then it is printed.

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    Re: "they " should be "it" ?

    Hi MikeNewYork,

    There isn't any other context. It consists of only one sentence.
    That's why I got confused about "they're."

    Thank you for your time.

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    Re: "they " should be "it" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ottawasenator View Post
    It indicates they're but nothing is plural before the in information about "they're".
    I don't think this matters- it depends on how many copies are printed IMO. I agree with Mike that an electornic copy works in the singular, but if the print 500 hard copies, then the plural works for me- you only see one, but they print many.

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