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Transcript of Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
What is a pronoun?
The pronoun is a word that replaces the noun, or
, of a sentence.
Let's break it down!
Pronouns must agree with their antecedent in:
Now that we know what pronouns are, let's learn the rules that go along with them
Pronouns must agree in number
Everyone must wear
both few many several
Ex: Many students prefer to attend homecoming with a group of
These indefinite pronouns can be plural or singular
like to stay home and read classic novels rather than attend homecoming.
Or and nor
When two singular antecedents are joined by
, use a singular pronoun
Ex: Neither Billy nor Joe can decide who
will ask to homecoming
Antecedents joined by
require a plural pronoun
because they form a compound subject
Ex: Jack and Jill have decided to go to
school's homecoming separately
or, either/or, and neither/nor
When both a singular and a plural antecedent are joined by
, the pronoun agrees with the closer antecedent.
Ex: Neither the teachers nor the principal will take
turn monitoring the hallways during the dance
A collective noun names a whole group.
(team, class, marching band)
When a collective noun is the antecedent, use a singular pronoun when referring to the entire group; use a plural noun to emphasize individual members.
Ex: The football team has been perfecting
Ex: The nominees were handed
sashes during the ceremony.
Pronouns must agree in gender
Ex: Mark's mother cheered for
during the game
Ex: Yvonne cheered for the team
lost her voice
These are neutral but can never refer to people
To avoid sexist language, use
referring to an antecedent that can include males or females
Ex: Students try not to trod on
his or her
Pronouns must agree in person
Most indefinite pronouns are 3rd person, and require 3rd person pronouns
should arrive at
his or her
Ex: I hope the
Add the appropriate pronouns
1. The whole school came out to support ______ team.
2. Everyone should pay attention to _______ date.
3. Neither Billy nor Joel will cheer on _____ team
4. Each standleader gave ______ appreciation to Stacy's mom
for her hard work in making their megaphones.