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    Pronoun Referals

    Kindly help with the following doubts:

    The roots of what are now commonplace activities - such as buying stocks, bonds, and even things like applying for a loan or balancing a portfolio - is/are the "evolution" of the various economic systems that have supported them.

    I feel the verb 'are' should be replaced with is which was written in the article. Am i correct? Also what is the accusative pronoun 'them' referring to?

    Financial analysts can work in both junior and senior capacities within a firm and it is a niche that often leads to other career opportunities. Here, is 'it' an expletive it?

    Thanks for your help:)

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    Re: Pronoun Referals

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Kindly help with the following doubts:

    The roots of what are now commonplace activities - such as buying stocks, bonds, and even things like applying for a loan or balancing a portfolio - is/are the "evolution" of the various economic systems that have supported them.

    I feel the verb 'are' should be replaced with is which was written in the article. Am i correct? Also what is the accusative pronoun 'them' referring to?

    Financial analysts can work in both junior and senior capacities within a firm and it is a niche that often leads to other career opportunities. Here, is 'it' an expletive it?

    Thanks for your help:)
    "Are" is grammatically correct, but poor style. "lie in". "Them" refers to activities. It's a very poor sentence in all respects. Try to rewrite it correctly and in as few words as possible without losing any meaning.

    "It" is not expletive, but refers to the (implied) career of financial analysis. More awful biztalk. Try not to take corporate pontifications as a model of good English.

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    Re: Pronoun Referals

    thanks again to you:)

    But, generally, in any sentence, a pronoun has to act as either a referant or an expletive, right? So this means that the sentence is gramatically wrong one?

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    Re: Pronoun Referals

    Exactly.

    PS. Watch your spelling: Grammatically wrong. Referrals.

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    Re: Pronoun Referals

    Thanks for your point-outs, Abaka.. :)

    I'd love to get these kinds of unasked feedbacks or for that matter any feedback pertaining to my English. Apart from my selfish desires, I want to pass on right kind of knowledge to my next generations. So, I believe my association with people, like you, who have exemplary knowledge in english, over here in these forums would help me make better day by day:)

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