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# When members of a married couple have discovered that they

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When members of a married couple have discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than their previous mate

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B. discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than

C. discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and each should marry someone quite different from

D.discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different from

E. discovered that they were incompatible, they divorce and marry someone quite different from

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16 Mar 2008, 10:50
Is 'each' realy needed?
So option A is colloquial eh?
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16 Mar 2008, 10:53
marcodonzelli wrote:
When members of a married couple have discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than their previous mate

A

B. discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than

C. discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and each should marry someone quite different from

D.discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different from

E. discovered that they were incompatible, they divorce and marry someone quite different from

I think different from is idiomatic. Correct me if I am wrong.
I ll take D
C is a little bit awkward
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16 Mar 2008, 11:29
Yurik79 wrote:
marcodonzelli wrote:
When members of a married couple have discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than their previous mate

A

B. discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than

C. discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and each should marry someone quite different from

D.discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different from

E. discovered that they were incompatible, they divorce and marry someone quite different from

I think different from is idiomatic. Correct me if I am wrong.
I ll take D
C is a little bit awkward

OA is C. My point is: how can "each" go with "their": singular - plural?

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16 Mar 2008, 14:29
marcodonzelli wrote:
When members of a married couple have discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than their previous mate

A
B. discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than
C. discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and each should marry someone quite different from
D. discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different from
E. discovered that they were incompatible, they divorce and marry someone quite different from

C for few reasons:

1. different from ... so A is out.
2. have and were not in correct tense. so BDE are out.
3. each is more specific. when they are seperated, they become each.

so C has all above.
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16 Mar 2008, 23:47
marcodonzelli,

They-->members of married couple ( Hus+wife), one person of the couple --> each(hus/wife).
When ever we have to put a pronoun for couple it has to be - plural.

When members of a married couple have discovered that they(members of married couple) are incompatible,they(members of married couple) should divorce and each should marry someone quite different from their previous mate

The subject is THEY for underlined portion. So their is appropiate.

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17 Mar 2008, 14:33
huntgmat wrote:
marcodonzelli,

They-->members of married couple ( Hus+wife), one person of the couple --> each(hus/wife).
When ever we have to put a pronoun for couple it has to be - plural.

When members of a married couple have discovered that they(members of married couple) are incompatible,they(members of married couple) should divorce and each should marry someone quite different from their previous mate

The subject is THEY for underlined portion. So their is appropiate.

I don't believe that "they" is the subject of the underlined portion. "they should divorce" and "each should marry.." are two parallel clauses. The subject of the last part of which "their" is a part of is "each". Hence it should be "his/her" and not "their".

Anyone else with an explanation please pitch in..

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17 Mar 2008, 20:52
sanjay,
When members of a married couple have discovered that they(members of married couple) are incompatible => DC
they(members of married couple) should divorce and each should marry someone quite different from their previous mate => IC.

Basic construction,
DC,IC

if what you say is correct the sentence would look something like =

they(members of married couple) should divorce , and (conjuctor)each should marry someone quite different from their previous mate.

If what you say is correct , then "and" will behave as a conjuctor and the contruction will be
IC,and IC.

But since there is NO COMMA before and I belive it is a single cluase.

sanjay you r correct , we will wait for some GURU to answer, In the mean time I will raise this Q in 1 or 2 forums more to get more idea .... its really good to discuss such concepts

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17 Mar 2008, 21:13
“Have discovered” brings the tense to present perfect tense – were usage is incorrect – eliminate B, D and E

A discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than [they should diverse and [they should] marry implies married pair is marrying someone – change the meaning of the sentence – eliminate it]

B. discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different than

C. discovered that they are incompatible, they should divorce and each should marry someone quite different from [Hold it]

D.discovered that they were incompatible, they should divorce and marry someone quite different from

E. discovered that they were incompatible, they divorce and marry someone quite different from

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18 Mar 2008, 08:03
hanumayamma,

Please could you comment on the "each" pronoun reference problem discussed above.

Thanks.

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