How would you rewrite these sentences to make it clear to which antecedent the pronoun refers.1. Sarah and Madison painted her parents' fence. 2. The Canadians and the Russians met at their...

How would you rewrite these sentences to make it clear to which antecedent the pronoun refers.

1. Sarah and Madison painted her parents' fence.

2. The Canadians and the Russians met at their embassy.

3. I listen to country and hip hop. That is my favorite.

4.She bought a car from the dealership, even though it was rusty.

5. James told Harry that he should take the penalty kick.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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There is more than one way to interpret these sentences, so I have given several alternatives for each.

1. Sarah and Madison painted her parents' fence.

Assuming Sarah and Madison are sisters, I would rewrite this as

Sarah and Madison painted their parents' fence.

2. The Canadians and the Russians met at their embassy.

We can assume that the Canadians and Russians do not share one embassy, so this would be better rewritten as

The Canadians and the Russians met at the Canadian embassy; or

The Canadians and the Russians met at the Russian embassy.

It would be difficult to rewrite this clearly using a pronoun, although these are possibilities:

Both the Canadians and the Russians met at the Russian embassy. Or,

Both the Canadians and the Russians met at the Canadian embassy. Or,

The Canadians and the Russians met at their own embassies.

3. I listen to country and hip hop. That is my favorite.

I listen to country and hip hop. They are my favorites. Or,

I listen to country and hip hop. Country is my favorite. Or,

I listen to country and hip hop. Hip hop is my favorite.

4. She bought a car from the dealership, even though it was rusty.

Assuming that the dealership is not rusty,

She bought a car from the dealership, even though the car was rusty. Or,

At the dealership, she bought a car, even though it was rusty.

5. James told Harry that he should take the penalty kick.

"Harry," James said, "you should take the penalty kick." Or,

"Harry," James said, "I should take the penalty kick."

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