Pronouns and Antecedents
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They say that running is the toughest sport.
Pronoun Problem I - The Vague Pronoun
Who says? Who is they?
Oh, my dad and my Uncle Fred. He ran the fastest 100 meters ever at this school.
Wait, which one holds the record - your uncle or your dad?
My dad. She says it's important to stretch before you run.
Ugh! Who is she? It's also important to use a noun before you replace it with a pronoun.
A pronoun? Do they get paid a lot?
Uh, no. A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun. You need to be clear which noun you are replacing or you won't make any sense.
The noun the pronoun replaces is called the "antecedent." And the pronoun and antecedent must match up.
Cool! Thanks for the lesson. Got to run. Joe and Henry are waiting for me, and he won't be happy if I'm late.