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preposition and noun agreement: [in my/his generation] and [most of the people/us] Options
robjen
Posted: Friday, July 2, 2021 9:59:41 PM
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I have made up the sentences below.

(1) Jack told me that in his generation, most of the young people liked the Beatles.

(2) I told Bill that in my generation, most of us finished only primary school.


Most of my non-native English speaking friends think "in" is the right preposition. The noun agreement is OK. They think in (1), "the young people" refers to everyone from his generation. In (2), "us" also refers to everyone from my generation.

Do you agree with my friends? Thank you.
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:59:13 AM

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robjen wrote:
I have made up the sentences below.

(1) Jack told me that in his generation, most of the young people liked the Beatles.

(2) I told Bill that in my generation, most of us finished only primary school.


Most of my non-native English speaking friends think "in" is the right preposition. The noun agreement is OK. They think in (1), "the young people" refers to everyone from his generation. In (2), "us" also refers to everyone from my generation.

Do you agree with my friends? Thank you.


Yes, this is how I would understand them also.
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