Pronouns

What is pronoun antecedent agreement?

In the previous post on vague pronoun reference, we discussed the role of pronouns in taking the place of nouns that preceded them, which are called their antecedents. The traditional usage rule for pronoun-antecedent agreement is that pronouns must match their antecedents in gender, person, number, and case. Gender refers to masculine or feminine; person to the first, second, third; number to …

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How to get pronouns to agree with their antecedents?

In the previous post on vague pronoun reference, we discussed the role of pronouns in taking the place of nouns that preceded them, which are called their antecedents. The traditional usage rule for pronoun-antecedent agreement is that pronouns must match their antecedents in gender, person, number, and case. Gender refers to masculine or feminine; person …

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What is meant by vague pronoun reference?

Careful pronoun use helps writers avoid confusion and miscommunication. When pronoun reference is vague or ambiguous, it means that the noun (or antecedent) that the pronoun refers to is not clear. Susan Thurman, in The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need, says that after verbs, pronouns cause the most problems with writers. Indeed, vague pronoun …

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