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    Smile Philip sees a lot of himself in Harry (2 questions)

    'Philip sees a lot of himself in Harry. He loves his get-up-and-go, his love of the Army and his sense of humour.
    Q1: 'Philip sees a lot of himself in Harry= Harry and Philip have much similarity, eg. hobby, characters, between themselves?

    eg1. My father see a lot of himself in me. (correct?)
    eg2. I see a lot of myself in my father. (correct?)

    My sense of language tells me that the phrase usually refers to the elder can see themselves in their children but not children see themselves in the elder. Am I right?

    Q2: Will the subject and object of the below sentence sound a bit of ambiguous? I mean two 'he' and readers have to distinguish which 'he' refer to. Should I avoid such writing? Or it is ok?

    He loves his get-up-and-go


    He = Phip?

    his =harry's?


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    Re: Philip sees a lot of himself in Harry (2 questions)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Q1: 'Philip sees a lot of himself in Harry= Harry and Philip have much similarity, eg. hobby, characters, between themselves?

    eg1. My father see a lot of himself in me. (correct?)
    eg2. I see a lot of myself in my father. (correct?)

    My sense of language tells me that the phrase usually refers to the elder can see themselves in their children but not children see themselves in the elder. Am I right?

    Q2: Will the subject and object of the below sentence sound a bit of ambiguous? I mean two 'he' and readers have to distinguish which 'he' refer to. Should I avoid such writing? Or it is ok?



    He = Phip?

    his =harry's?

    Q1: 'Philip sees a lot of himself in Harry= Harry and Philip have much similarity, eg. hobby, characters, between themselves? Yes, Philip recognises much of his own character and tastes in Harry.

    eg1. My father see a lot of himself in me. (correct?)
    eg2. I see a lot of myself in my father. (correct?)

    Certainly when the children are young it would be the parent who recognised her/himself in the child, but I think that from adolescence, children start to see themselves in their parents.

    Q2: Will the subject and object of the below sentence sound a bit of ambiguous? I mean two 'he' and readers have to distinguish which 'he' refer to. Should I avoid such writing? Or it is ok? In the context of your text it's fine, not at all ambiguous.

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    Smile Re: Philip sees a lot of himself in Harry (2 questions)

    Hi Bhaisahab,

    Thank you very much for your help.

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