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  1. xpert's Avatar
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    #1

    Question they have or it has

    Hi there!

    Which sentence sounds more correct and more natural?

    1- The room looks large because it has very little furniture in it. OR
    2- The room looks large because they have little furniture in it.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: they have or it has

    1 is correct.

    2 would be correct if it began 'Their room looks large...'

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    #3

    Re: they have or it has

    Would 2 be correct if 'have' was replaced with 'put'?

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    #4

    Re: they have or it has

    Thanks for your quick replies.

    I had a heated discussion with some non-native teachers of English over the second sentence which I believe is grammatically incorrect because it is anaphorically ambiguous, .i.e. no explicit antecedent. In other words, there is a disagreement between the subject [room] and the personal pronoun [they].
    Last edited by xpert; 18-Feb-2015 at 13:22.

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    #5

    Re: they have or it has

    Without a wider context, we don't know who they are.
    Last edited by Tdol; 19-Feb-2015 at 14:31. Reason: typo

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    #6

    Re: they have or it has

    Xpert, if I were you, I would save heated arguments for important things.

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