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Pronoun problem [#permalink] New post 25 May 2009, 20:52
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Wrong - Samantha's face looked blurry in the photo,but i could tell she wasn't smiling.
Right - Samantha's face looked blurry in the photo,but i could tell Samantha wasn't smiling.

My problem is why we need to mention Samatha in place of pronoun 'she'. In this sentence 'she' is clearly referring to samantha.Can someone pls. explain? Thx.
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Re: Pronoun problem [#permalink] New post 25 May 2009, 21:32
This is very clearly explained in the MGMAT SC guide

Samantha's - is a possesive noun
She - is a possesive pronoun

The rule says: Subject and Object pronouns may not refer back to possesive nouns.
They can only refer back to Subject and object Nouns

Here Samantha's is a possesive noun, so we cannot use 'she' as the pronoun. It is better to use Samantha again to make it clear.
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Re: Pronoun problem [#permalink] New post 26 May 2009, 00:19
mdfrahim wrote:
Wrong - Samantha's face looked blurry in the photo,but i could tell she wasn't smiling.
Right - Samantha's face looked blurry in the photo,but i could tell Samantha wasn't smiling.

My problem is why we need to mention Samatha in place of pronoun 'she'. In this sentence 'she' is clearly referring to samantha.Can someone pls. explain? Thx.



its wrong because "she" cant refer to "samantha's face"
Re: Pronoun problem   [#permalink] 26 May 2009, 00:19
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