ColtsFan88 wrote:InGoodFaith wrote:kaveman wrote:"This" is a pronoun; a pronoun must refer to (replace) a specific noun; we can only replace "this" with the "$75000 Fellowship." I look forward to your next substantive argument, something along the lines of, "No."
He really isn't. The statement almost surely means 75K total, but the wording could be phrased in a more clear manner. It's not hard to imagine that people would misunderstand it to mean 75k per year.
Actually "this" can be used as a pronoun, adjective, or adverb. In the instance outlined above, it is used as an adjective to describe the word "grant", and signifies that the writer is referring to the specific grant previously mentioned.
It doesn't speak to the dollar value at all. I can see how someone would get confused by it, and I don't think it is particularly clear writing, but "this" cannot be replaced with "$75000 Fellowship". If you want to use a replacement test, replace it with "the previously mentioned".
Just because it was mentioned that the grant is for $75000 and that it is renewable, you cannot assume that the amount is $75000 per year or in total. There isn't enough information in the sentence to infer this.