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Writing: Pronoun clarity — Harder example

Writing: Grammar

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in our haste Jorge and I slammed our fishing boats straight into the pier but somehow it showed no trace of damage okay so this part is underlined it tells me that possibly there is something funky going on with this chunk of the sentence let's review the option see what that is so option a no change option B the wood showed no trace of damage option C neither showed no trace of damage option D neither showed any trace of damage cool interesting what this tells me is that we're talking about it this is a pronoun clarity question let me show you why both fishing boat and pier could be the antecedent for it so right now as it stands the sentence is a little unclear which to me suggests we can knock out no change straight away option B the wood showed no trace of damage I'm not sure about that one because a fishing boat and a pier could both be made of wood but let's let's kind of hold onto that for now neither showed no trace of damage well I can eliminate that one because it contains an ungrammatical double negative right neither no so even if it were correct on any other merits this would disqualify it and finally D neither showed any trace of damage okay that one sounds pretty good but let's go back and see if it's more clear than B because this one refers neither refers to pier and fishing boat whereas wood is still kind of ambiguous you know I don't know from the context of the sentence whether or not the pier is made of wood or the boat I'm just gonna go with the thing that makes the most sense and choose D neither showed any trace of damage you're looking for the answer choice that brings the most clarity to the sentence in its revision the wood is a tempting one because it makes a kind of sense but it doesn't make enough sense neither makes more sense than the wood