(Pronouns must agree in number with their antecedent.)  


Example:
 
The little puppies ate their puppy chow.
Mr. White gave his students their grades.

Things can get complicated when we attempt to determine the number of indefinite pronouns like someone, somebody, anyone, anybody, everyone and everybody. For an extensive discussion of these problems, see:

Pronouns and Pronoun Antecedent Agreement (Darling et al)

Pronouns (definitions) (Darling)
Pronouns & Nouns Combined (Darling et al)
Pronoun Cases
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Consistency
(Darling et al)

Using Pronouns Clearly (Purdue OWL)
Pronoun Case (Purdue OWL)
Gender Problems (Darling et al)


Pronoun Usage  (Darling et al)
Pronoun Usage II  
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Usage III
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Cases I
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Cases II
(Darling et al)
Who (cgi) Who II
(Darling et al)
Which, That and Who  
(Darling et al)
Practice: Pronouns
(Darling et al)
Practice: Pronouns II  
(Darling et al)
Practice: Pronouns III (Darling et al)

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(Pronoun reference needs clarification.)  

Avoid using indefinite pronouns like this, thatthese and those. Use these words as adjectives instead. 
Example:

These are not as good as the ones I had yesterday.
These give me such a headache, especially after I have eaten

Using Pronouns Clearly (Purdue OWL)

Pronouns and Pronoun Antecedent Agreement (Darling et al)
Pronouns (definitions) (Darling)
Pronouns & Nouns Combined
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Cases
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Consistency
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Case (Purdue OWL)
Gender Problems (Darling et al)
Consistency: Verbs and Pronouns (Darling et al)



Pronoun Usage  (Darling et al)
Pronoun Usage II  
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Usage III
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Cases I
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Cases II
(Darling et al)
Who (cgi) Who II
(Darling et al)
Which, That and Who  
(Darling et al)
Practice: Pronouns
(Darling et al)
Practice: Pronouns II  
(Darling et al)
Practice: Pronouns III (Darling et al)

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Be sure to use the correct case for your pronoun (objective or subjective).  

Choosing the right pronoun form to use depends on whether the pronoun is functioning as the subject or object in the sentence.

After the party they went to Joe's house.
There, Joe's Mom let them stay up and watch movies.

Pronoun Cases (Darling et al)
Pronoun Case (Purdue OWL)

For extensive discussions of the use of who and whom, see
Who and Whom (Darling et al)

Pronouns (definitions) (Darling)

Pronouns and Pronoun Antecedent Agreement (Darling et al)
Pronouns & Nouns Combined
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Consistency
(Darling et al)
Using Pronouns Clearly (Purdue OWL)
 Gender Problems (Darling et al)
Consistency: Verbs and Pronouns (Darling et al)



Pronoun Usage  (Darling et al)
Pronoun Usage II  
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Usage III
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Cases I
(Darling et al)
Pronoun Cases II
(Darling et al)
Who (cgi) Who II
(Darling et al)
Which, That and Who  
(Darling et al)
Practice: Pronouns
(Darling et al)
Practice: Pronouns II  
(Darling et al)
Practice: Pronouns III (Darling et al)

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Usage
Punctuation & Capitalization
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Content
 
 
 
   
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