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    [understanding question] No matter how much the sisters flatter their dad

    "No matter how much the sisters tried to flatter their dad, he refused to buy any more tickets for rides."

    In the above sentence, what does "he" indicates? Does it "the brother" or "the father" ?

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    Re: [understanding question] No matter how much the sisters flatter their dad

    It can only be the father. No brother has been mentioned.

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    Re: [understanding question] No matter how much the sisters flatter their dad

    But then instead of sisters, it should have been "daughters" ?

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    Re: [understanding question] No matter how much the sisters flatter their dad

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But then instead of "sisters", should it have been "daughters"?
    No. We do not refer to daughters as 'he'.

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    Re: [understanding question] No matter how much the sisters flatter their dad

    Not necessarily. If the writer had previously been talking about two or more females as sisters, then it would have been unnatural to change to 'daughters' merely because their father had been mentioned.

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    Re: [understanding question] No matter how much the sisters flatter their dad

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But then instead of sisters, it should have been "daughters" ?

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    Sisters have a father. You can refer to the sisters' father or the daughters' father.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: [understanding question] No matter how much the sisters flatter their dad

    The sisters' father and 'the girls'/women's father all sound OK, but the daughters' father sounds a little odd to me.

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