Re: Edit sentence


How do I rephrase this sentence?

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Statistically 1 in every 20 children are sexually abused by their biological father or surrogate fathers before the age of eighteen.
asked Oct 25 '13 at 03:35 Shaluckie Boatswain New member

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The subject is one [child], so the verb and pronoun both need to be singular.  For the pronoun, you can use "her" even though it isn't always a girl.  Or you can avoid using a pronoun at all.  If you said five percent of children, then the subject would be plural.  Also, by making the surrogate fathers plural, you indicate that the child was abused by two or more men. 


Statistically, one child in every twenty is sexually abused by a bioligical or surrogate father before the age of eighteen. 

link comment answered Oct 25 '13 at 12:14 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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