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Pronoun Reference


Pronouns are the generic words that are used to rename or replace other "brandname" nouns.

Examples:

• I me my
• you your
• we us our
• he him his she her hers
• who whom whose
• they them their theirs
• that it its those
• which there this these

Antecedents

Antecedents describe the word (or group of words) that a pronoun refers to, replaces, or renames. A pronoun has meaning to the reader or listener only if it has an antecedent-a noun that the pronoun is meant to replace-and only if it refers to the antecedent clearly.
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Underlying Principles of the Link Between Pronouns and Their Antecedents

1. Every pronoun must refer clearly to one and only one specific noun in the same sentence or in a preceding sentence.

2. Every pronoun must agree with its antecedent in terms of number, person, and gender.

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