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    JiwonAsaCheon is offline Newbie
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    what does the word "their" stand for in this text?

    I would like to know why the underlined "their" in the following text stands for the word "glands." My English teacher told us that "their" stands for "glands", but I wasn't really sure why. I first thought that it stands for "the nerves, tissues, teeth, and bones." By the way, this text is from our English textbook.

    Glands are so complex and are effected by so many different things that it would be very difficult to simply list what is harmful and what is beneficial to them. But, there is one main thing that is vital for all glandular functions. All the glands of the body require minerals to produce hormones and to perform their specific jobs. When there are not enough minerals in the diet, the digestive juices receive the supply that is available. This means that the nerves, tissues, teeth, and bones will be mineral deficient and that their functions will be greatly hampered. If this state of mineral deficiency is not remedied, eventually the glands will become affected. This will in turn cause abnormal body conditions that can only result in disease. Because the body obtains minerals through the food that is eaten, it is essential that a variety of fresh, raw food be eaten so the body will receive the necessary minerals.

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    Re: what does the word "their" stand for in this text?

    Their​ refers to the nerves, tissues, teeth, and bones.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: what does the word "their" stand for in this text?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Their​ refers to the nerves, tissues, teeth, and bones.
    Whew, I was right then! Thanks!

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    Re: what does the word "their" stand for in this text?

    Quote Originally Posted by JiwonAsaCheon View Post
    Whew
    That might be better expressed as phew​ if you are trying to express a strong sense of relief.

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