Improving Sentence Question

<p>Jamie's dog ferociously attacked the small cat, and it recieved minor injuries.</p>

<p>I would say the change is required in the pronoun it. The pronoun should be changed to "the cat." Is this reasoning reasonable? Or is it not ambiguous in this situation. </p>

<p>I can't seem to grasp the concept of ambiguous pronouns. I asked my English teacher if the sentence "The police shot the armed robbers, and three were killed" is ambiguous and he said no. However, I still see three as an ambiguous reference with two possible antecendents. </p>

<p>If such a question appeared on the SAT, how would you respond?</p>

<p>Don't quote me on this, but I think for SATs sake, "The police shot the armed robbers, and three were killed" would be considered ambiguous, even though from it, you could probably figure out who was doing the shooting and who was shot. You're mostly looking for ETS's answer.. not necessarily the right one! I hope this helps</p>

<p>I normally look for two nouns in the begining part of the sentence. Then if i see a pronoun later in the sentenence, about 99% of the time its ambiguous, because its not saying which noun recieved the action. </p>

<p>Just make sure there are 2 nouns in the sentence, because if there is only one, most of the time if there is a pronoun later in the sentence, it will not be ambiguous.</p>

<p>it would not be ambiguous if "jamie's dog" were plural</p>

<p>hope that clarifies some things</p>

<p>Thanks for the responses.</p>