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Atatürk
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 12:35:50 PM
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Individual behavioral abilities are akin to traits, except that they can be affected by environmental factors.

Is it correct? What do you take the "they" to refer to?
RuthP
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 4:55:58 PM

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Atatürk wrote:
Individual behavioral abilities are akin to traits, except that they can be affected by environmental factors.

Is it correct? What do you take the "they" to refer to?

It refers back to the subject of the sentence. And, yes, you are correct, this is poorly written. The rule is the last noun used before a pronoun should be the noun to which the pronoun refers. In this case, the writer should have said.

"Individual behavioral abilities are akin to traits, except (that) abilities can be affected by environmental factors."
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