Pronouns. Identifying Problems with Pronoun Agreement and Pronoun Case. What’s a Pronoun Again?. A pronoun replaces a previously used noun, called its antecedent. (I, he, they, our, etc.) The chosen pronoun must match the original word in number, person, and gender .
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Identifying Problems with Pronoun Agreement and Pronoun Case
If a student parks a car on campus, he or she has to buy a parking sticker.
(NOT: If a student parks a car on campus, they have to buy a parking sticker.)
When a person comes to class, he or she should have his or her homework ready.
(NOT: When a person comes to class, you should have your homework ready.)
Always check to see that the pronoun refers clearly to a specific noun.
NOT: Although the motorcycle hit the tree, it was not damaged. (Is "it" the motorcycle or the tree?)
NOT: I don\'t think they should show violence on TV. (Who are "they"?)
NOT: If you put this sheet in your notebook, you can refer to it. (What does "it" refer to, the sheet or your notebook?)
Not: Bob and me travel a good deal. (Would you say, "me travel"?)
Not: He gave the flowers to Jane and I. (Would you say, "he gave the flowers to I"?)
Not: Us men like the coach. (Would you say, "us like the coach"?)
He is taller than I (am tall).
This helps you as much as (it helps) me.
She is as noisy as I (am).
Not: He is taller than me. (Would you say, "than me am tall"?)
In formal and semiformal writing:Use the subjective form after a form of the verb to be.Formal: It is I.Informal: It is me.