A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun. We use them in writing to avoid repetition. The word that they stand in for is called an antecedent.

  • President Lyndon Johnson was well-known for his domineering personality; he often used it to force fellow politicians into supporting his policies.

Just like with subjects and verbs, pronouns and their antecedents must agree.

A phrase or clause between the antecedent and pronoun does not affect the agreement.

  • The bottle of wine brought by my mother and father has a cork stuck in it.
  • I can’t find the clock that was given to me by my neighbours; where did you put it?

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