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17 Oct 2006, 11:41
Hi All
Can any one explain me the answer.See tha attached gif file for question.
My understanding says we are talking about poor so why "it" should be used. As seen in answer choice E
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17 Oct 2006, 11:55
Sentence is talking about the 'plight of the poor', not just the poor. Hence the need for it.

e.g.

When discussing the plight of the Iraqi's, Tony Blair seemed to not care about it.

Although worried about the rainforests, I am not particularly bothered about visiting them.

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17 Oct 2006, 11:58
Yeah E is a right choice - THEM refers to only poor.
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17 Oct 2006, 12:00
Thanks a lot londonluddite
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17 Oct 2006, 12:06
if it were "the poor"... them is right:

It's what is called "notional agreement in english"
nouns such as "people, etc" ask for a plural form of the verb

however "the plight of the poor"... ( I had the same confusion at the first time , I saw "the poor" not the " the plight of the poor"

you can check on the llink below from AH

http://www.bartleby.com/64/C001/060.html
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17 Oct 2006, 12:22
thnaks ugo_castelo
17 Oct 2006, 12:22
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