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    an audit it requested by the Fair Labor Association

    Apple has defended its supplier, but an audit it requested by the Fair Labor Association found that Foxconn workers were subjected to forced overtime, frequent accidents and unrealistic production quotas.

    https://www.voanews.com/a/invitation...n/3959993.html

    I don't know why 'an audit' is followed by 'it' (two subjects?).

    Doesn't it mean 'an audit (that is) requested by the Fair Labor found that...'?

    Would you please help me?
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    PS I also posted the same question on this, but all of your answers are unique to me. Hope we can discuss with each other. Thank you.
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    Re: an audit it requested by the Fair Labor Association

    The way this is written it sounds like Apple requested the audit. I doubt that would be the case.

    I believe the sentence should have been written without the "it":

    Apple has defended its supplier, but an audit requested by the Fair Labor Association found that Foxconn workers were subjected to forced overtime, frequent accidents and unrealistic production quotas.

    It makes little sense otherwise.

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    Re: an audit it requested by the Fair Labor Association

    Yes, Apple requested the audit. Foxconn is a supplier of Apple. Companies audit their suppliers in various ways all of the time. If there were rumors of mistreatment of workers by a major supplier, it only makes sense that Apple would investigate. And they would use a third party to investigate so there would not be accusations of conflict of interest.

    The sentence is correct. Apple requested that the "Fair Labor Association" do an audit of their supplier.

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    Re: an audit it requested by the Fair Labor Association

    Yes, SoothingDave is correct. now that I see that this is a real situation and not a made up one. Apple did ask for the audit so I was correct when I said that the "it" in that sentence refers to Apple.

    Coming back to the original question there is an implied "that" between "audit" and "it"

    Apple has defended its supplier, but an audit (that) it requested by the Fair Labor Association found that Foxconn workers were subjected to forced overtime, frequent accidents and unrealistic production quotas.
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