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RE: English Grammar question
Obviously, "he" refers to Washington. Cool

What is the context? Do you want to know what it means from a technical grammatical sense, as in a classroom course or legal document, or do you want to know what the author meant?

In terms of what the author meant, it could be either Steve or the governor. In terms of grammar, it's still probably somewhat uncertain.

In a real world situation, you presumably would have some other clues about what's going on. The two sentences by themselves aren't all that relevant if you don't know more about Steve, the governor, or the contract.

In either case, "Steve" makes more sense, but it's not clear to me.

In terms of technical grammar, the colon doesn't seem correct, anyway. Is that an upper case or lower case colon?

Sometimes, it's just unclear. "Lizzy told her mother that her sweater had a hole in it." Is the hole in Lizzy's sweater or in her mother's sweater?

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Thanks all. I guess I'm not going to find out what this author intended. There's really no other text in the article that indicates either way-- Steve or the governor.

The two sentences are a paraphrase from an original legal document that the author wrote a while ago to describe some events. The events may establish a legal precedent which may affect some issues that some friends of mine may be facing. I wish I could offer more background, but I can't.

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(03-17-2015 01:07 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote:  My English grammar abilities are very lacking....

I have a question for some of you who are better at grammar. Please read the following two sentences:


"After one year, Steve moved to Washington: and the employees of the governor destroyed his house. Then he agreed to abide by the contract."



The question: In the 2nd sentence, who is the word "he" referring to? Steve or the governor?

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Could Steve and the Governor be one and the same?
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(03-18-2015 06:37 AM)OpalRose Wrote:  Could Steve and the Governor be one and the same?
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Yes, if the statement were taken on it's own, it could very well be. But from the other text in the document, it's very apparent that they are two separate people.

But, yeah, that would work if these sentences were stand-alone statements.

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I can't read anymore of this stuff. I'm too upset.
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RE: English Grammar question
I was aching to interject what OpalRose suggested. Steve, the governor, moved out of his house to go to Washington. But, he still had an agreement to lease the home for 8 more months. His employees, giddy with delight that he had moved on, had a wild party. This party basically wrecked the house. However unlivable the house now was, Steve still chose to honor his contract.

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Post: #17
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You can bet your sweet bippy, if the Government was involved they would deny it and put the blame on poor Steve.

Maybe he shouldn't have moved to Washington.

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Perhaps "Steve" is also the "governor".

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