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# quot;take the pizza out of the box and put it on the

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"take the pizza out of the box and put it on the table" --> "it" refers to "pizza" since both are direct objects)

why does it refer to pizza and not box ?

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08 Apr 2011, 20:18
take the pizza out "of the box" and put it on the table

Of the box - prep. phrase, can be thought of as optional

take the pizza out and put it on the table
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08 Apr 2011, 22:21
not sure if i get it right. what does prep phrase has to do with pronoun ambiguity. i am not following it. can you please clarify a bit ? BTW, i have copy pasted it from Ron's post.

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09 Apr 2011, 23:52
I think that both are not direct objects -
"You" take the pizza out of the box ...
So, pizza is the direct object. Generally prep. phrases only provide additional information so it should refer to the object.

I am no expert on grammar rules, just trying to learn things while studying for GMAT, maybe an expert in this area can clarify.
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10 Apr 2011, 07:12
Any thoughts from experts ? we really need some good help here........SAVE ....SAVE.....SAVE......

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Pronouns that may seem ambiguous at first can be considered clear if the structure of the sentence clues you into the intended antecedent.

The structure of the sentence is "Take the pizza (out of the box) and put it (on the table)"

There are two parallel prepositional phrases here-- "out of the box" and "on the table"--these phrases tell you where you are "taking" and "putting" the pizza, respectively. These are modifiers, and you can ignore them both when examining the deeper underlying structure.

Ravsg, you're right that "you" is implied, and pizza is indeed the direct object. It answers the question "what should you take?."

So the core structure here is really IMPERATIVE TRANSITIVE VERB (take)-OBJECT (the pizza) AND IMPERATIVE TRANSITIVE VERB (put)-OBJECT (it)

That parallel structure tells us that "it" refers back to the word in the same structural/functional slot (OBJECT), or "pizza."

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12 Apr 2011, 00:29
Thanks parker for the clarification!
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14 Apr 2011, 22:17
Amazing explanation Parker +1 Kudos to you.
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