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    if he found it/one

    He (Bill Gates) also admitted that he would pick up a $100 bill if he found it/one on the street.

    This was one of my test questions. The given answer was it. Is 'one' also a fine choice? And this sentence feels a bit strange to me. Shouldn't we use 'He (Bill Gates) also admitted that he would pick it up if he found a $100 bill on the street'?

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    Re: if he found it/one

    The word "it" is okay there, but "one" is perfectly fine also. (In fact, that would be my choice.) Your alternative sentence is perfectly good also.

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    #3

    Re: if he found it/one

    I find the word order of the first sentence more natural than that of the second.

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    Re: if he found it/one

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    (In fact, that would be my choice.)
    I'd choose one too.

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    Re: if he found it/one

    Yes to all of the above.

    Sentences are usually easier to understand when pronouns come after the words they refer to.

    But it's grammatical either way.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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