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Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. p. 188 - 190. Agreement in Number. A plural antecedent takes a plural pronoun. Marla and Denise played their instruments. Our teachers completed their grades. A singular antecedent takes a singular pronoun. Jaden will bring his books.

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Agreement in number
Agreement in Number

A plural antecedent takes a plural pronoun.

Marla and Denise played their instruments.

Our teachers completed their grades.

A singular antecedent takes a singular pronoun.

Jaden will bring his books.

Abigail dislikes her math class.


Collective nouns
Collective Nouns

Use a singular pronoun to refer to a collective noun whose parts act as a single unit.

The orchestra will give its final show.

Use a plural pronoun to refer to a collective noun whose parts act individually.

The orchestra have tuned up their

instruments.


Pronouns joined by or or nor
Pronouns Joined by Or or Nor

A plural pronoun is used to refer to nouns and pronouns joined by and.

James and Denise went to their houses.

A pronoun that refers to nouns or pronouns joined by or or nor should agree with the noun or pronoun nearest to it.

Neither the conductor nor the musicians

have taken their places on stage.


Agreement in gender
Agreement in Gender

The gender of a pronoun must be the same as the gender of its antecedent

Feminine Masculine Neuter

she, her, hers he, him, his it, its


Agreement in gender cont d
Agreement in Gender Cont’d

When the antecedent of a singular pronoun could be either feminine or masculine, use the phrase his or her.

Each musician played his or her solo.

If using his or her sounds awkward, try making both the pronoun and its antecedent plural.

All the musicians played their solos.


Agreement in person
Agreement in Person

The person of a pronoun must match the person of its antecedent.

All students should bring their books.

The pronouns one, everyone, and everybody are third person and singular.

Everyone has his or her favorite song.


Practice apply p 190 ex a
Practice & Apply p. 190 Ex. A

For # 1-5, write the antecedent and correct pronoun from parentheses.


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