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    #1

    guys would have it's advantages

    Queenan has a undercover cop with Frank Costello's business dealing with Chinamen:

    Ellerby: You know, direct contact with your guys would have it's advantages.
    Queenan: Not to my guy.

    What does "it" refer to?

    Source: "The Departed" (a 2006 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan)
    Last edited by Mike Hussey; 28-May-2020 at 08:49.

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    #2

    Re: guys would have it's advantages

    That should be its advantages.

    It refers to direct contact.

    Again, please note that I have amended your source.

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    #3

    Re: guys would have it's advantages

    Also, the term used for Chinese people is not regarded as acceptable usage nowadays.

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    #4

    Re: guys would have it's advantages

    They use the term Chinamen in the film, regardless of who finds it acceptable.

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    #5

    Re: guys would have it's advantages

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    They use the term Chinamen in the film, regardless of who finds it acceptable.
    Yup. So including it in a quote it would be fine. In summary narrative, Mike could say something like Chinese gangters.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #6

    Re: guys would have it's advantages

    I was merely warning that using it outside the quotation might be problematic.

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