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Mary is afraid of flying. She insists on traveling by car so she doesn't have to face her fear. This has caused some friction with her husband.

In the above sentence, is it considered a bad practice to write "This has caused?" Is it better to write something like "This tendency has caused" or "This fear has caused?"
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Hi,

No, it's fine, as long as it is clear what 'this ' refers to. In fact, it's often or even usually good to be brief.

Best wishes, Clive
Whew that's good to know, Clive. From now on I am not going to mull over it and waste time!

By the way, what about your sentence "No, it's fine..." I know in spoken English it is rather common, but when writing, mustn't you always say "No, it isn't fine" or "Yes, it is fine?"
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Hi,

is it considered a bad practice to write "This has caused?" Is it better to write something like "This tendency has caused" or "This fear has caused?"

When I wrote 'No, it's fine', I was just answering your questions. There's nothing wrong with such an answer.

Consider the question 'Is it wrong to say 2 + 2 = 4?' My answer is 'No, it's right'.

ie 'No, it's not wrong, it's right'.

Best wishes, Clive
DanyooMary is afraid of flying. She insists on traveling by car so she doesn't have to face her fear. This has caused some friction with her husband.

In the above sentence, is it considered a bad practice to write "This has caused?" Is it better to write something like "This tendency has caused" or "This fear has caused?"

Clive,

Is this practice-beginning a sentence with a pronoun-allowed in formal writting?. My instructor always suggested me(in fact, penalized a couple of times) not to begin a sentence with a pronoun in order to avoid ambigous references.
Okay Clive. I understand. Thanks for your answers.
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Hi Krish,

I certainly agree with your instructor that ambiguous references are undesirable. All I can do is repeat, more or less, my earlier answer. No, it's fine, as long as it is clear what the pronoun refers to. Good writing should be clear, but pronouns don't need to be avoided per se.

Best wishes again, Clive
CliveHi Krish,

I certainly agree with your instructor that ambiguous references are undesirable. All I can do is repeat, more or less, my earlier answer. No, it's fine, as long as it is clear what the pronoun refers to. Good writing should be clear, but pronouns don't need to be avoided per se.

Best wishes again, Clive

Thanks Clive.