Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 4 weeks ago

There were many people in the room. They were listening to the presenter, does "they" refer to "many people" or "people"?

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  • 4 weeks ago
    Best Answer

    people is plural in itself, so 'they' is the correct pronoun even without the word many

  • RP
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It means people which itself is modified by many.

  • 4 weeks ago

    it refers to people. It just so happens, in this case, that there were many of them, but the number is not what matters here, only the thing (the people). The people were listening. There were many people.

  • Laurie
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Mentally, remove the word “many” and then ask yourself the same question.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    People is the subject 'they'. Many is a modifier of the subject.

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