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Question from Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography

Postby PgOne » Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:05 pm

Hi everyone
Could you please answer my grammar question in the following sentence?
'' Franklin exercises the same indirectness and wariness toward the reader of the Autobiography that he had exercised all his mature life in Philadelphia,London, and Paris.''
My question is what are the words after ''that'' in this sentence describing? the ''reader'' or the ''Autobiography?
And is there any rules for judging the similar case? Thanks a lot for reading and answering!!! {-:

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Re: Question from Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography

Postby Alan » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:49 am

1. Evidently 'indirectness' and 'wariness' are the antecedents of the relative pronoun.

2. Yes - common sense!

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