What are antecedents?



What are antecedents and how are they used with pronouns?  
asked Jan 17 '11 at 17:36 val New member

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An antecedent is a word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers.

 The antecedent is generally clear because of context.  The pronoun is normally found in the sentence or phrase which follows the sentence or phrase containing the antecedent.  


The woman was working all day at the market.  She was very tired.


Here "the woman" is the antecedent and "she" is the pronoun.  "She" refers to the antecedent, "the woman".

Pronouns must agree with antecedents in: person, number, and gender.

link comment answered Jan 18 '11 at 20:41 Kimberly Expert

mot only a pronoun but a noun can also refer to it

link comment answered May 27 '12 at 13:24 dilawar khan New member

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