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Pronouns and Antecedents

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Transcript of Pronouns and Antecedents

Pronouns and Antecedents
What is a pronoun?
A pronoun is a word that is used in
place
of a
noun
or another
pronoun
.
Ex: I, he, she, they, his, hers etc.
Practice
Directions: Identify the pronoun in the following sentences.

1. Death Valley is famous for its strange moving boulders. ___________
2. They are found in a dry lake bed called Racetrack Playa. ___________
3. The rocks slide on their own, leaving long tracks behind them. __________ ______________
4. Can you think of an explanation for this curious event? _____________
Possessive Pronouns
A possessive pronoun is a personal pronoun used to show
ownership
or
relationship
.

Ex: my, mine, you, yours, her, his, ours, their, its

Note: Some possessive pronouns sound like
contractions
(its/it's, your/you're, their/they're). Remember a possessive pronoun
never
has an
apostrophe
.
Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
The antecedent is the
noun
or
pronoun
that a pronoun
replaces
or
refers to
.

Antecedents must
agree
with pronouns in the following ways:
1. Agreement in
number
: singular noun= singular pronoun Plural Noun= plural pronoun
2. Agreement in
person
: Louis----he, Readers-----they, Mary----she
3. Agreement in
gender
: The gender of the pronoun must be the
same
as the gender of the antecedent.
Practice
Directions: Identify the pronouns and their antecedents in these sentences.

1. Agatha Christie loved real-life mysteries of the past. She helped to investigate them in the Middle East.

2. Max Mallowan was an English archaeologist. He was married to Christie for 45 years.

3. The couple went on many archaeological trips and found them exciting and a real source of inspiration.

4. Pottery pieces revealed their secrets about the powerful Assyrian civilization.
Indefinite Pronouns
An indefinite pronoun does
not
refer to a
specific
person, place, thing, or idea.

Ex: another, anybody, everybody, both, few, all, neither, nobody, some
How about one more pronoun song?
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