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    Accents give us direct information

    Accents give us direct information about the speaker, but the information we decipher is, unfortunately, not always accurate. Accents tend to reflect existing prejudices towards people we hear using them. All of us tend to judge each other in this way, whether it is a stereotypical response - positive, negative or neutral - to the place we assume a person is from, or a value we hold based on our perception of that person's status in society
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    What does this "it" refer to? "judge each other" or "accents" or "information"? It's confusing.

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    Re: Accents give us direct information

    It has to refer to judging each other. How could an accent or information be a stereotypical response ...?"

    Is that from a native speaker? I don't know what this means: "Accents tend to reflect existing prejudices towards people we hear using them." Maybe 'reflect' is not the right word.

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    Re: Accents give us direct information

    The "it" refers to "response."

    Pronouns usually come after the nouns they stand for, but sometimes they come before.
    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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    Re: Accents give us direct information

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    The "it" refers to "response."
    "What is that yellow waddling thing? It is a duck."
    Are you saying that "It" refers to 'duck', not "yellow, waddling thing"?

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