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LQZ

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Mandarin
On Thursday, Afghan officials said they believed that the American estimates of the value of the mineral deposits — nearly $1 trillion — were too conservative, and that they could be worth as much as $3 trillion. ---taken from the NYT

Dear all,

To me, since previous they refers to Afghan officials, the second would likely confuse the readers, who would think it refers to Afghan official again. Should it be better to place the second with "those" refering to "estimates"? May I have your opinions? Thanks.


LQZ
 
  • cyberpedant

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    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    Should it be better to place the second with "those" refering to "estimates"?

    No. We commonly use multiple instances of pronouns when the antecedents are reasonably clear. "They" here refers to the minerals, not the estimates.
     

    LQZ

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    Should it be better to place the second with "those" refering to "estimates"?

    No. We commonly use multiple instances of pronouns when the antecedents are reasonably clear. "They" here refers to the minerals, not the estimates.
    Thanks, cyberpedant. Your explanation makes sense to me. Thanks again.
     
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