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Antecedent / Pronoun Agreement. Antecedent / Pronoun Agreement. Ante means before Cede means to go An Antecedent is the noun or pronoun that the pronoun stands for. Agreement. If the antecedent is singular, the pronoun must be singular.

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antecedent pronoun agreement1
Antecedent / Pronoun Agreement
  • Ante means before
  • Cede means to go
  • An Antecedent is the noun or pronoun that the pronoun stands for.
agreement
Agreement
  • If the antecedent is singular, the pronoun must be singular.
  • If the antecedent is plural,the pronoun must be plural.
singular or plural problems
Singular or Plural Problems
  • Indefinite pronouns
  • It is hard to tell gender (male or female)
  • or number (singular or plural)
singular indefinite pronouns
Singular Indefinite Pronouns
  • Everyone Everybody
  • Someone Somebody
  • Each Either
  • None Neither
  • ALL – depends on its use in the sentence.
  • ALL of the water IS gone. Singular.
plural indefinite pronouns
Plural Indefinite Pronouns
  • Both Few
  • Many Several
  • Some All
  • All can be singular or plural.
  • All of the streams are dry.
gender
Gender
  • Gender refers to male or female.
  • If the gender of the third person singular is not known, use either he or she.
gender1
Gender
  • If the third person singular gender is unknown, DO NOT USE THE PLURAL.
  • They and their can not be substituted for he or she or for his or her.
gender2
Gender
  • He or she
  • His or Her
  • Can be used instead of just a single pronoun.
  • Each one must bring his own snack.
  • Each one must bring her own snack.
  • Each one must bring his or her own snack.
which is correct
Which is correct?

Everybody threw their towels in the trash.

Everybody threw his or her towel in the trash.

answer
Answer
  • Everybody is singular (every single person) so
  • Everybody threw his or her towel in the trash
  • is correct.
which is correct1
Which is correct?
  • Someone put her books on my desk.
  • Someone put their books on my desk.
answer1
Answer
  • Someone is singular.
  • Someone put her books on my desk
  • is correct.
  • Think: Someone put his or her books on my desk.
which one is correct
Which one is correct?
  • Did anyone leave their pencil here?
  • Did anyone leave his pencil here?
answer2
Answer
  • Anyone is singular, so
  • Did anyone leave his pencil here
  • is correct.
  • Think: Did anyone leave his or her pencil here?
which is correct2
Which is correct?
  • Each of us have their own problems.
  • Each of us has his or her own problems.
answer3
Answer
  • Each, has and his (or her) are singular, so
  • Each of us has his or her own problems
  • is correct.
the problem with or
The problem with or
  • When two antecedents are joined with or, choose the pronoun that agrees with the closest antecedent.
which is correct3
Which is correct?
  • Julie orJustin lost his book.
  • Julie or Justin lost their book.
answer4
Answer
  • You would say
  • Justin lost his book, so

Julie or Justin lost his book

Is correct.

which is correct4
Which is correct?
  • The president or the secretary left their notebook.
  • The president or the secretary left his or her notebook.
answer5
Answer
  • Secretary is singular, so
  • The president and the secretary left his or her notebook
  • Is correct.
which is correct5
Which is correct?
  • Andy or Ava dropped their lunch.
  • Andy orAva dropped his or her lunch.
answer6
Answer
  • Ava is singular, so
  • Andy or Ava dropped his or her lunch
  • Is correct.
which is correct6
Which is correct?
  • The teacher or her students left their trash.
  • The teacher or the students left his or her trash.
answer7
Answer
  • Students and their are plural, so
  • The teacher or her students left all their trash.
antecedents with and
Antecedents with and
  • If two antecedents are joined with and, choose the plural pronoun.
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Jessie and her friend took THEIR lunches to the park.

Even though friend is singular, use the plural pronoun THEIR.

slide29

John and Joe left their lunches at home.

  • Even though Joe is singular, use the plural pronoun THEIR.