pronoun agreement


how can I change it ?

See example:

Another concern was "they want to sue us."
asked Dec 12 '11 at 19:46 carol bullard New member

2 answers


This is one of those sneaky times where "that" is actually appropriate to use, because the entire phrase "they want(ed) to sue us" is the whole concern, if you kept the phrase next to "was", then it automatically (when being completely literal like this of course) refers back to the subject in the main clause when it shoudl be a direct object instead.

A better way to phrase it would be:

Another concern we had was that they wanted to sue us.

link comment answered Dec 12 '11 at 20:26 Scott Martin Contributor

This is what we call vague pronoun reference.

Better say ... Another concern was that the company (give a name) wants to sue us.

link comment answered Dec 14 '11 at 06:32 Rino Pedro New member

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