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Antecendent Pronoun – Concept and Its Uses

Sep 2, 2022
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We know that pronouns are used in place of nouns.  

An antecedent is the noun that a pronoun refers to or replaces in a sentence. All pronouns have antecedents. 

For example: David is searching for his car’s key. 

Here David is the antecedent of the pronoun his. 

Pronoun- antecedent agreement 

The pronoun in a sentence must agree with its antecedents. 

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A singular antecedent needs a singular pronoun and a plural antecedent needs a plural pronoun.

If the noun is uncountable or referring to a team, then the pronoun used would be singular. 

For example: The team has started its preparation for the next match. 

If the noun is countable, the pronoun used would be plural. 

For example: The students were made to stand according to their height. 

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With indefinite pronouns like no one, one, anything, everything, either, each, something etc. are used as antecedents, then the pronoun following them will be singular. 

For example: One of the students is not well.  

With indefinite pronouns like many, few, both, several etc. are used as antecedents, then the pronoun following them will be plural. 

For example: Many people are waiting for their turn to consult the doctor. 

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