"There isn't room for the slightest mistake-- and yet we can't avoid making them."

I think "them" should be it, or "mistake" should be "mistakes" for the sake of noun and pronoun agreement. Or is "them" acceptable in this sentence?

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Hi, Apple,

"There isn't room for the slightest mistake -- and yet we can't avoid making them."

I personally find the sentence above to be fine, and that might be because the plural "mistakes" is somehow implicit in the first coordinate clause:

- There isn't room for (any) mistakes, not even the slightest one -- and yet we can't avoid making them.

"them" would then refer to mistakes in general, of which "the slightest mistake" is just one possible type.

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