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The Confederate general Stonewall Jackson led a feared army that

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The Confederate general Stonewall Jackson led a feared army that idolized him; they all mourned his ironic death from “friendly fire.”

A. him; they all mourned his
B. him; they mourned his
C. him; it mourned his
D. him; it mourned their
E. him, it mourned his

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30 Mar 2019, 08:37
The Confederate general Stonewall Jackson led a feared army that idolized him; they all mourned his ironic death from “friendly fire.”

A. him; they all mourned his—> pronoun “they” for “army” is wrong,
B. him; they mourned his—> same as A
C. him; it mourned his —> correct
D. him; it mourned their—> pronoun “their” for “general” is wrong,
E. him, it mourned his—> missing conjunction

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Updated on: 31 Mar 2019, 19:46
Experts here army will be singular or plural ?. please confirm . Because an army cannot mourn rather army's individuals does.

The Confederate general Stonewall Jackson led a feared army that idolized him; they all mourned his ironic death from “friendly fire.”

A. him; they all mourned his
B. him; they mourned his
C. him; it mourned his
D. him; it mourned their
E. him, it mourned his
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Originally posted by LoneSurvivor on 31 Mar 2019, 19:37.
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31 Mar 2019, 19:43
OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

The original sentence has a pronoun reference error. The plural “they” is supposed to
refer to “army.” Like many collective nouns, "army” is singular. Furthermore, “all” is
unnecessary.
(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) This choice contains a pronoun reference error. The plural “they” is supposed to
refer to “army,” a singular noun.
(C) CORRECT. Here, the singular “it” correctly refers to the singular “army.” This
choice contains no other errors.
(D) This choice contains a pronoun reference error. The plural “their” cannot refer to
Stonewall Jackson, nor to the singular “army.” Also, the “all” is unnecessary.
(E) This choice correctly employs the singular “it” to refer to the singular “army.”
However, this choice is a run-on sentence. A comma is not enough to separate two
independent clauses.
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