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after doing an exercise
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find this sentence's error
35. Often a child likes to be read to because they get the reader's full attention.
a.child likes
b.they
c.reader's
d.No error.
 

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whisper said:
after doing an exercise
there is a question I don't understand
find this sentence's error
35. Often a child likes to be read to because they get the reader's full attention.
a.child likes
b.they
c.reader's
d.No error.

IMO, the error is with "they". This is a plural pronoun used to refer to a singular child. There are many today who would argue that this use of a plural pronoun, when the gender of the antecedent is unknown, is correct, but, strictly speaking, it is not correct.

The best fixes for this sentence would be:

1. Rephrase it in the plural: Often, children like to be read to because they get the reader's full attention.

2. Use "he gets" instead of "they get".
 
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