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This sentence has been discussed before but I'd like to comment on using the pronoun "they"

Now fewer children and mothers have health problems than they had (did) before.

I think it is better to put children and mothers instead of the pronoun " they", and it would be completely meaningful and acceptable ( Now fewer children and mothers have health problems than children and mothers had ( did ) in the past. What is your opinion?Read More..

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1. The reason we use pronouns is to eliminate repetition of nouns. So the pronoun use in the original example is better. Using the nouns (mothers and children) twice in the same sentence, where a pronoun could be used, is repetitive.

2. The original sentence has 'before', which is incorrect. It looks like it should be '100 years ago'.

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