pronoun agreement help

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How to correct the pronoun agreement

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Participant in each group are then randomly assigned to the experimental and the control group.
asked Jan 23 '12 at 00:34 krinita New member

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The pronoun in your sentence is each.  It is plural, meaning every one of two or more groups.  The singular participant doesn't match up here. 

 

Are the participants grouped in some way (age, gender, location, weight, or hair color) other than the experimental and control groups?  If so, then you might want to clarify that they come form these groups and then are randomly assigned.  If not, and all participants are equal until they are assigned, then you should delete “in each group” as the rest of the sentence states that they are put into groups.  Also, you need to change and to or because a participant wouldn’t be assigned to both groups. 


Participants from each age group are then randomly assigned to the experimental or control group.

 

Participants are then randomly assigned to the experimental or control group.  

link comment answered Jan 23 '12 at 02:22 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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link comment answered Feb 01 '13 at 06:48 Jodi Jensen New member

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