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    Oceanlike is offline Senior Member
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    burnt cakes even though they were burnt

    1) The famished children ate all the burnt cakes even though they were burnt.

    2) The famished children ate all the burnt cakes even though the cakes were burnt.

    Can I use 'they' to replace 'burnt cakes' instead of (2) where 'the cakes' are repeated?

    (1) sounds incorrect, as if the children were burnt. I don't know.

    Thank you!
    Last edited by Oceanlike; 24-Jul-2017 at 15:04. Reason: replace pies with cakes

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    Re: burnt cakes even though they were burnt

    Not only is there no reason to repeat "the pies", there is no reason to repeat "burnt".

    The famished children ate all the pies even though they were burnt.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: burnt cakes even though they were burnt

    With the like button temporarily disabled, I'll add a post to say that I agree completely. (If you care, in American English, we'd used "burned" not "burnt.")
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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