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A. I would like to know which sentence is correct.

1. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and (would have been) shown it.

2. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and (would have) shown it.


B. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and shown it

I wonder if “it” means “annoyance” or anything else

If it doesn’t mean “annoyance, I would like to know the answer.


John Boyle O’Reilly, poet, was one day walking along Boylston street in Boston. A stranger who was approaching him from behind mistook him for a friend whom he had not seen for a long time. He slapped O’Reilly on the shoulder and greeted him heartily. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and shown it, but not so the poet. Turning about, he stretched out his hand. “I am not Jack,” said he, “but I am glad to shake hands with any man who is as glad to see an old friend as you seem to be.” This handsome speech was a great relief to the stranger, who had been much embarrassed upon seeing an unknown face turned toward him.

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Email Removed">Email Removed1. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and (would have been) shown it.
2. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and (would have) shown it.

(2) is correct.

"would have been shown it" is passive, i.e. someone else would have shown something to "many men in O’Reilly’s place", which does not make sense here.

Email Removed">Email RemovedB. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and shown it
I wonder if “it” means “annoyance” or anything else

Yes, shown their annoyance, or shown that they were annoyed.

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A. I would like to know which sentence is correct.

1. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and (would have been) shown it. Not correct grammar.


2. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and would have shown it. Correct grammar


B. Many men in O’Reilly’s place would have been annoyed and shown it Correct grammar They would have shown the fact that they were annoyed.

I wonder if “it” means “annoyance” or anything else

If it doesn’t mean “annoyance, I would like to know the answer.

Clive