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Can you please help me? I have put in some that I think is right but it doesn't look right. The direction goes as follows; Edit the following sentences to correct errors in pronoun reference. In some cases you will need decide on an antecedent that the pronoun might logically refer to.

1) Our German conservation group is made up of six people, three of which I never met before.
Our German conservation group is made up of six people, three of whom I never met before.
2) Many people believe that the polygraph test is highly reliable if you employ a licensed examiner.
Many people believe that the polygraph test is highly reliable if they employ a licensed examiner.
3)Parent involvement is high at Mission San Jose High School. They participate in many committees and activities that affect all aspects of school life.
Parent involvement is high at Mission San Jose High School. Parents participate in many committees and activities that affect all aspects of school life.
4)Because of Paul Robeson's outspoken attitude toward fascism, he was labeled a Communist.
Because of Paul Robeson's outspoken attitude toward fascism, Paul was labeled a Communist.
5)In the report it points out that lifting the ban on Compound1080 would prove detrimental, possibly even fatal, to the bald eagle.
The report points out that lifting the ban on Compound1080 would prove detrimental, possibly even fatal, to the bald eagle

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    I agree with you on 1, 3, and 5.

    I don't see anything that needs fixing in 4.

    In 2, who are "they"?

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    In 2, they would be the people I guess.

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    But the people haven't hired the examiner.

    How about?

    Many people believe that the polygraph test is highly reliable if a licensed examiner is employed.

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    Ok, I see it know, your awesome!

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    :-)

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    I am having a problem with #4
    4)Because of Paul Robeson's outspoken attitude toward fascism, he was labeled a Communist.
    Should'nt it be
    4)Because of his outspoken attitude toward fascism, Paul Robeson was labeled a Communist.

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    Either one is correct.

    The pronoun, "he" in the first sentence must refer to Paul Robeson.

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    But I though that the pronoun he cannot refer logically to the possessive modifier Paul Robeson's.

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    Since Paul Robeson (whether as subject, object, possessive, or whatever) is the only 3rd person singular masculine reference in the sentence, "he" must refer to it.

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