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Pronouns

Pronouns

What is a Pronoun?

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Why It Matters
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Pronoun
A pronoun is a word that
is used in place of a
noun or another
pronoun.

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A pronoun can refer to a person, place, thing,


or idea.

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The word that a pronoun


refers to is called its
antecedent.

Ronal visited Death Valley, and he


was impressed.

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Pronouns such as we, I, he, them
and it are called personal
pronouns.

Personal pronouns have a


variety of forms to indicate
different persons,
numbers, and cases.

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There are first-person,


second-person, and
third-person personal
pronouns, each having
both singular and
plural forms.

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Each personal pronoun


forms three cases:
subject, object, and
possessive.

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Choose the pronoun form depending on the


pronouns function in the sentence.

Why It Matters

Pronouns help you talk about people


concisely when youre telling a story.

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PRACTI
CE

Write the personal pronoun


in the sentence below.
1. Death Valley is famous
for its strange moving
boulders.

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PRACTI
CE

Write the personal pronoun


in the sentence below.
2. The rocks slide and
leave long tracks
behind them.

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PRACTI
CE

Write the personal pronoun


in the sentence below.

3. Do you know why this happens?

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Pronoun Agreement
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Antecedent
The antecedent is the
noun or pronoun that a
pronoun replaces or
refers to.

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Use a singular pronoun to refer to a


singular antecedent.
REFERS

TO

One story has its setting in Egypt.

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Use a plural pronoun to refer to a


plural antecedent.
TO
REFERS

The characters have their motives for


murder.

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The pronoun must agree in person


with the antecedent.
THIRD PERSON

Rosi likes his mysteries to


have surprise endings.

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The gender of the pronoun must be the


same as the gender of its antecedent.

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Personal pronouns have three gender forms:

masculine he, his, him


feminine she, her, hers

neuter it, its

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FEMININE

Agnez Mo sets many of her stories


in England.
MASCULINE

The hero has to use all his wits to


solve the crime.

Why It Matters

In your writing, you will


sometimes refer to several
people or groups of people.
Correct pronoun-antecedent
agreement will help your
readers keep track of who is
who in your writing.

Practice and Apply

PRACTI
CE

Write the pronouns and their


antecedents in this sentence.

4.Agatha loved real-life mysteries


of the past. She helped to
investigate them in the Middle
East

Practice and Apply

PRACTI
CE

Write the pronouns and their


antecedents in this sentence.

5.Agatha and her husband went on


many archaeological trips and
found them exciting.

Practice and Apply

PRACTI
CE

Write the pronouns and their


antecedents in this sentence.
6.A mystery writer may use
exotic places and backgrounds
for his or her stories.