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She took her laptop and her books with her on the airplane

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She took her laptop and her books with her on the airplane [#permalink]

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She took her laptop and her books with her on the airplane because she thought she could
use them to get some work done.

MGMAT says that this is a correct sentence.

but I have a concern over "them" . It can refer to both
a) her books
b) her laptop + her books
and in case the sentence was her laptops and her books
"them" could have meant
c) laptops + books.

So is it not ambiguous to write like this.

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 3

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Kudos [?]: 290 [0], given: 61

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Re: Pronoun - Antecedent [#permalink]

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New post 26 Mar 2013, 06:17
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So is it not ambiguous to write like this.


the way u wish to construct sentences wud be next to impossible !!

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but I have a concern over "them" . It can refer to both
a) her books
b) her laptop + her books
and in case the sentence was her laptops and her books
"them" could have meant
c) laptops + books.


ask ur self does these 2 interpretations affect ur understanding of sentence !!
to me its all same !!

Kudos [?]: 290 [0], given: 61

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Re: Pronoun - Antecedent [#permalink]

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New post 26 Mar 2013, 06:30
aditya8062 wrote:
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So is it not ambiguous to write like this.


the way u wish to construct sentences wud be next to impossible !!

Quote:
but I have a concern over "them" . It can refer to both
a) her books
b) her laptop + her books
and in case the sentence was her laptops and her books
"them" could have meant
c) laptops + books.


ask ur self does these 2 interpretations affect ur understanding of sentence !!
to me its all same !!



I guess it does matter..

if "them" usage in incorrect over here we ideally should switch it with say "her books"

doesnt it ?

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 3

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