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    Question It said it

    Gallimard said France's anti-piracy squad had spotted the student's unauthorised Potter as part of a probe into organised networks that post pirated book translations online.

    It said it and Rowling supported the investigation "to remind people that piracy harms the basic rights of authors and creators."
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    What the first it refers to? I suppose to the anti-piracy squad. The second it seems to refer to the same. And isn't a bit clumsy, this "it said it"?

    I'd be obliged to learn your opinion.

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    Re: It said it

    Yes, I agree that it's quite clumsy. A representative of the squad said that they and Rowling is certainly more clear.

    [a writer, not a teacher]


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    Re: It said it

    In fact it is not clear - it could be Gallimard (the publisher) which together with Rowling supports the investigation.

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    Re: It said it

    Indeed! I thought it was a name hence did not think of this. So more and more it becomes unclear...

    Thanks, Barb_D and Anglika!


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    Re: It said it

    Is this an extract from a newspaper report? Broader context should tell you.

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    Re: It said it

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Is this an extract from a newspaper report? Broader context should tell you.
    It's from a short news from yahoo: Harry Potter translator off the hook - Yahoo! News


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    Re: It said it

    From that I would judge that both usages of "it" refer to Gallimard:


    [Gallimard] said it and Rowling supported the investigation

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    Re: It said it

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    From that I would judge that both usages of "it" refer to Gallimard:


    [Gallimard] said it and Rowling supported the investigation
    Which still makes the sentence awkward?

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    #9

    Re: It said it

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Which still makes the sentence awkward?
    Hi Nyggus

    I think that the first it refers to the publisher and the second it can be replaced with "that" or "this"
    Gallimard said that/this and Rowling supported the investigation [helped with the investigation]...
    Or, maybe I`m wrong..

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    Re: It said it

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi Nyggus

    I think that the first it refers to the publisher and the second it can be replaced with "that" or "this"
    Gallimard said that/this and Rowling supported the investigation [helped with the investigation]...
    Or, maybe I`m wrong..
    But what this "this/that" would refer to?

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