English - Native speakers
posted by Mark on .
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?
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
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.
The entire sentence needs fixing! Here's a smoother version:
Teachers these days are very patient, give a great deal of information and explanation.