pronoun/antecedents

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I'm having trouble figuring out what I am supposed to do for this sentence. I am supposed to make the pronoun antecedent relationship clear.

See example:

Becky told Kristen that her office will be painted.
asked Jul 25 '13 at 13:43 Caleb McGath New member

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Caleb - the task is to clarify who 'her' refers to.  In other words, to make clear the relationship between 'her' and the person this possessive adjective refers to [the antecedent].  Your sentence is tricky:  

 

Becky told Kristen that her office will be painted.

 

Whose office will be painted?  Is it Becky's Office, or is it Kristen's office?  In your sentence, 'her' can refer to either.  If you had a boy and a girl, this confusion would be avoided since the 'her' would obviously refer to the girl.  It often helps in a sentence such as this one to add a possive proper noun after the possessive adjective to indicate the antecedent.  In other words:

 

Becky told Kristen that her [Becky's] office will be painted.

 

Of course, you might also have added [Kristen's] in this clarification.

link comment answered Jul 25 '13 at 13:50 Ahmad Barnard Expert

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