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How Do You Identify Pronouns And Their Antecedents?

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Knowing how to identify pronouns and their antecedents will make you a better reader. Many questions on major standardized tests (from the CRCT to the SAT) relate to pronouns and antecedents, so being able to recognize them will also help you do well on these tests Define pronouns. Pronouns are general words that can take the place of nouns. The following words are a few examples of pronouns: he, she, it, they, us, we, you, them. Pronouns can also show possession. The following words are a few examples of possessive pronouns: its, his, her, our, their. Define antecedents. Antecedents are the specific nouns that pronouns replace. Consider the following sentence: Marcus walks his dogs every Wednesday. In this sentence, "Marcus" is the antecedent of the pronoun "his." Now, look at this sentence: Kyra loves to laugh, and she is the most beautiful baby in the world. In this sentence, "Kyra" is the antecedent of the pronoun "she." After you read a sentence, look for the pronouns first. ... more
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