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    Understanding Grammar: Parts of Speech: Pronoun

    Thursday, March 04, 2010

    A pronoun is a word used to emphasize or replace a noun.


    Almost all pronouns have antecedents. An antecedent is the noun that the pronoun refers to or replaces.

    The workers acted as though they had forgotten the proper procedure.

    (Workers is the antecedent of they.)

    Note: Each pronoun must agree with its antecedent in number (singular or plural), in person (first, second, or third), and in gender (masculine, feminine, or neuter).

    (From Write for Business, page 243, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 55)