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02/07/2014

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John Cowan

I don't have a problem with pronouns whose referents are abstracted from the discourse: He jumps up and down and claps his hands while he does it. The referent of it is the act of jumping up and down. Such pronouns don't have antecedents, which is another matter.

I thought you were okay with sat for sitting in Standard BrE. Am I mistaken? Things like John was sat at the desk don't work in AmE (unless someone sat John there), but BrE seems to accept this innovation.

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