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.)
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?)
The pronouns This, That, These, Those, and Which do not change form.
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"?)