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Pronouns to look out for when checking pronoun agreement?he, she, it, they, him, her, it, them, his,her,hers,its,their theirs,himself,herself,itself,themselves
What is the 1st rule of pronoun reference or agreement?Whenever you use a personal pronoun like she, it, or they, you first have to have an antecedent, the word that the pronoun is replacing
What is the rule for deciding whether the pronoun is singular or plural?A singular antecedent requires a singular pronoun; a plural antecedent needs a plural pronoun.
How does each and every change the plurality of a compound sentence? Each and every are singular and can strong-arm an otherwise plural antecedent to become singular as well.
Give an example of how each and every affects theplurality if the pronounsThe cowboy and his horse drank their fill at the desert oasis. Each cowboy and horse drank his fill at the desert oasis. Every cowboy, horse, pack mule, trail hand, and cook drank his fill at the desert oasis
Give an example of how each and every changes the plurality of the verbs? Whenever a diner walks in five minutes before closing, the cook and waitress sigh and roll their eyes. Whenever a diner walks in five minutes before closing, every cook and waitress sighs and rolls her eyes.
Show Pronoun confusion is common when a sentence contains two or more antecedents with the same genderEdwin told Kenny that Dr. Wilson suspected that he cheated on the chemistry exam Which male is in trouble?
Show pronoun reference problem can occur with the gender-neutral it.John had just set down the overstuffed sandwich when he spotted a cockroach on the table. He smashed it with his open palm before he could eat.
Show why a possessive noun should not be the antecedent for a pronounKevin's fingers were strumming the guitar when he winked at Donna. When we read this sentence, we assume that Kevin is the he winking at Donna but he could be any other person
What are the singular indefinite pronouns?each, either, neither anybody, anyone, anything everybody, everyone, everything nobody, no one, nothing somebody, someone, something
Show everyone, somebody, and nothing are singular? Everyone on the planet deserves clean water to quench their his thirst. Can you believe it? Somebody left their her dog in a hot car with the windows rolled up! Nothing is in their its place after the violent shaking from the earthquake.
Which indefinite pronouns can be singular or plural?all, any, none*, more, most, some
What is the rule for collective nouns and its pronouns?When the members of the group act in unison—everyone doing essentially the same thing at the same time—then the collective noun is singular and requires singular pronouns for agreement.

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