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    Fixing unclear uses of the pronoun "it"

    Hi,


    I've listened to a podcast lesson in which three ways of fixing the obscurity in this sentence were taught:


    Although the company made a profit, it made poor use of it.



    I'm afraid I didn't manage to understand the noun added in the third and last way. Would "mainly" make sense? If not, would you please suggest another one so that I can take learn this third fix?


    Here are them:


    1 -- Replace the pronoun with a noun:


    Although the company made a profit, it made poor use of the money.


    2 -- Combine two sentence parts into a single statement:


    The company made a profit, but made poor use of it.


    3 -- Add a word /noun (?) before “which” or “that”:


    The company made a profit, mainly [?] that it unfortunately made poor use of.


    Thank you!
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    Re: Fixing unclear uses of the pronoun "it"

    The original sentence was a poor example of ambiguity from using it, as it's perfectly clear as is.

    The third alternative is a muddle that doesn't make sense.

    Write Here they are, not "Here are them".
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    Re: Fixing unclear uses of the pronoun "it"

    Thank you for your help, GoesStation!

    My main aim is to learn the mentioned third way of fixing this type of ambiguity. If someone could help me on this, maybe giving a proper example, it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Fixing unclear uses of the pronoun "it"

    I missed the fact that you were transcribing from a podcast. I think you missed the noun the podcast inserted before that. Is this the correct transcription? The company made a profit, money that it unfortunately made poor use of.
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    Smile Re: Fixing unclear uses of the pronoun "it"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Is this the correct transcription? The company made a profit, money that it unfortunately made poor use of.
    Yes, it is! The word "money" was said so fast that I couldn't understand it. Now the sentence is clear and I could learn the tip. Many thanks!!

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