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He implicated someone for something he did.
Here the second 'he' can both mean the first 'He' as well as second 'he'. How do I disambiguate this?
Last edited by MeyaN; 22-Sep-2016 at 16:48.
Yeah, it was implicated. Sorry.
'If I wanted the second "he" to refer to "someone", I'd replace "he" with "they".'
Can we do it so, ChinaDan? Because singular 'someone' would be replaced by collective pronoun 'they'. Please explain.
It's acceptable to use 'they' these days as an alternative to 's/he' or 'he/she'.
For some of us educated formally over half a century ago, the acceptance of singular 'they' in more formal English may seem a little strange, but many native speakers have always used it.
"He implicated someone else for something they did." Is this sounding natural? Is it obvious from the sentence that 'they' is referring to 'someone'?
Just to make myself 100% clear.
PS: I hope it's okay to use 'myself' instead of 'me' above for I was trying to make myself clear by your reply.
I find this use of 'implicate' unnatural however you word it, If you implicate somebody in an action, you say that they were involved it it. You are not necessarily shifting all the blame on to them, which is what I suspect you may be trying to suggest.
I am not a teacher.