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Pronouns. Pronouns. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun or a group of words acting as a noun. An antecedent is the noun (or group of words acting like a noun) to which the pronoun refers. Pronouns.

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Pronouns
  • A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun or a group of words acting as a noun.
  • An antecedent is the noun (or group of words acting like a noun) to which the pronoun refers.
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Pronouns
  • Imagine, for example, that you are writing about aunt jenny. If you were using only nouns, you might write the following sentence:
    • With nouns: aunt jenny was late because aunt jenny had waited for aunt jenny’s computer technician.
    • With pronouns: aunt jenny was late because she had waited for her computer technician.
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Pronouns
  • Sometimes a pronoun can take the place of a noun in the same sentence.
    • Example: my father opened his files first.
    • Example: many people say exercise has helped them.
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  • A pronoun can also take the place of a noun used in an earlier sentence.
    • Example: my father opened his e-mail first. He couldn’t wait any longer.
    • Example: students must take a fine arts class. They can choose dance or music.
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  • A pronoun may take the place of an entire group of words.
    • Example: trying to make the team is hard work. It takes hours of practice every day.
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  • It is important to make sure your pronouns clearly point to the antecedent it is replacing.
    • Example: What is unclear about these pronouns?
    • After putting the disk in the cabinet, mabel sold it.
    • Jennifer’s sister wondered if she were tall enough to be a model.
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  • What is the pronoun in this sentence?
    • The children wanted to play, so they grabbed the ball.
    • Dad said he would be working in the basement.
    • Jackie thought she would like to try out for the school musical.
    • Most people can remember their phone numbers.