I have a question concerning the following sentence: Teachers are these days very patient and give more information and they explain it better. Can we say explain them better also? Which one is correct?
English - Native speakers - PsyDAG, Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 11:07am
Since it is unclear what "it" or "them" refers to, it is impossible to say. Is the referent singular or plural?
Singular — it
Plural — them
English - Native speakers - drwls, Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 11:13am
The "it" that teachers explain is information. It is a considered a singular word, although multiple facts and subjects may be involved.
"Them" is not correct. If "facts" or "subjects" were substituted for "information", "them" would be OK.
English - Native speakers - Writeacher, Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 2:17pm
The entire sentence needs fixing! Here's a smoother version:
Teachers these days are very patient, give a great deal of information and explanation.