[Grammar] buying them(selves) time

terry0236

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The parents urgently seeking child care could put their immediate efforts into convincing a friend or family member to help out for a week or two,
[buying] [them] time to look for permanent help.



What is a subject of "buying"? Is it parents? Then, I think, "them" should be "themselves".


Please help me.
 

Matthew Wai

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I think 'them' can simply be omitted.
 

teechar

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Hello terry0236, and welcome to the forum. :)
Note that "childcare" is one word. When do you have to submit that task?
 
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