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# Use of Demonstrative Pronouns

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28 Jun 2018, 09:16
Dear Experts,

My question is regarding the use of Demonstrative pronouns in the following sentence-type.

Reducing the calorie intake significantly makes our body to go into preservative mode. This eventually reduces the resting metabolic burn rate of the body, and thus, the rate at which the body burns fat reduces.

(source: E-Gmat)

Now, what does pronoun 'This' refers to in the previous sentence?

As per my understanding, pronouns cannot refer back to clauses. Can they refer to noun phrases?

Kindly help!
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Location: Bangalore, India
Re: Use of Demonstrative Pronouns  [#permalink]

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02 Jul 2018, 23:40
Hi vk1991, indeed I would have expected something along these lines:

This mode eventually reduces the resting metabolic burn rate of the body, and thus, the rate at which the body burns fat reduces.

Basically, demonstrative pronouns this/that/those/these, when used in the above context, should be followed by a noun, to make the context clear.
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Re: Use of Demonstrative Pronouns &nbs [#permalink] 02 Jul 2018, 23:40
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# Use of Demonstrative Pronouns

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