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Chapter 18. Subject and verb agreement > Pronoun and antecedent agreement

Pronoun and antecedent agreement

Agreement helps a reader understand the relationship between the words in your sentences and helps make your ideas clear. If a reader does not understand a clear connection between a pronoun and its antecedent, they will become confused, making it meaningless to use the pronoun. It is important to remember that pronouns and their antecedents must agree in person, gender, and number.

The following sentence has an agreement problem: “While Brad and Carole waited, he saw the presentation.” The antecedents “Brad and Carole” require a plural pronoun, so “he” should be “they.” The correct sentence reads, “While Brad and Carole waited, they saw the presentation.”


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