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The Global English Style Guide by John R. Kohl

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Chapter 5

Making Pronouns Clear and Easy to Translate

Introduction

5.1 Make sure readers can identify what each pronoun refers to

5.1.1 It

5.1.2 They

5.1.3 Them

5.1.4 Its

5.1.5 Their

5.2 Don’t use this, that, these, and those as pronouns

5.3 Don’t use which to refer to an entire clause

Introduction

Many organizations restrict the use of pronouns such as I, we, and you in certain types of documents. Similarly, so-called sexist pronouns such as he and she are typically avoided unless they refer to specific individuals. None of these pronouns poses a particular problem for global audiences. Therefore, this chapter focuses on pronouns that do pose ...

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