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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 month ago

What is ungrammatical about this sentence?

Something about this sentence is ungrammatical or has something that is stigmatized, but I cannot figure out what it is.

"The animal tried to extract its paw from the trap."

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  • 1 month ago

    extricate

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    • bluebellbkk
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      'Extricate' is not any more correct than 'extract'.

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  • 1 month ago

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  • 1 month ago

    There are a couple of points in the sentence relating to word choice, but as it stands, your sentence is 100% grammatically correct.

    It would be useful to know WHO had suggested there was a problem with the sentence. If it was 'Grammarly', I hope you know you're not obliged to follow its suggestions blindly. If it was your teacher, please ask them to TELL you what the problem is, and then please come back and post an Update to satisfy our curiosity!I repeat: there is nothing wrong with your sentence as it stands.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    This is something of a guess, but I am wondering if they are referring to the use of an impersonal pronoun when discussing a sentient being. When you do not know the gender you can use 'their' rather than its. 

    • bluebellbkk
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      1 month agoReport

      People  have been using 'it' to refer to animals (and babies!) for centuries.

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  • 1 month ago

    Better:  The animal tried to free its paw from the trap,

    • bluebellbkk
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      1 month agoReport

      It's perfectly correct, but how is it 'better'?

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  • 1 month ago

    There is nothing wrong with it.

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  • Bill B
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    I do not think there is anything glaringly incorrect about that sentence.  I would probably use the word "extricate" instead of extract; extract means to remove forcefully (He had his tooth extracted).

    "The animal tried to extricate its paw from the trap."

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    • bluebellbkk
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Nothing is wrong with either 'extract' or 'extricate' apart from the fact that both are more formal than 'free'. But there is nothing wrong with using formal language per se.

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  • 1 month ago

    It looks correct to me.

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  • 1 month ago

    I can't see anything wrong with it.  The obvious element to zero in on is "its".  A common mistake would be to use the contraction "it's". (it + is)

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It's not a great sentence, a few word choices stiff and unnatural, but I see no grammatical errors.

    Subject, the animal, could be more specific

    Verb, tried, kind of weak, since the animal would be desperate

    Infinitive, to extract, odd word choice

    Direct object, its paw

    Prepositional phrase, from the trap

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