improper pronoun


Need help to reword

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Many voters had blamed Truman for the country's problems after the war and thought he should concede the election to a more popular Thomas Dewey.
asked Feb 01 '13 at 22:45 Lee Rippel New member

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Tolley's suggestion is correct only if their "blaming Truman" and "thinking he should concede" occurred at the same time in the past. But if the "blaming" was in the past and the "thinking" was current in the sense of being the temporal focus of the narrative, then the original sentence is correct..


In other words, if the narrative is focused on Election Night in 1948, when the results were unclear, the original sentence is correct. If it is focused on some later point in time, Tolley's rewrite is correct.

link edited Feb 02 '13 at 07:52 Shawn Mooney Expert

Darn it, my iPhone won't let me scroll down in the editing box to fix that "sosome" typo...

Shawn MooneyFeb 02 '13 at 01:53

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