In the above example, faulty pronoun reference occurs because the pronoun it has two possible noun antecedents to fix the sentence , substitute a noun for the pronoun. Earlier this week, i discussed how to identify and correct vague pronoun references in your writingnow that we've explored that, let's look at some of the most common vague pronoun errors i see in student writing. Faulty pronoun reference is one of the most serious errors in writing because it can keep the reader from understanding your message the problem stems from the difference between how we use.
A pronoun takes the place of a noun, but a pronoun must always refer clearly to its antecedent, which is the noun that the pronoun replaces if the antecedent of the pronoun is unclear, then the. Avoiding vague pronoun references practice write your answers on the lines and then print this page read each pair of sentences below write the letter v next to the. Unclear pronoun reference, along with a mismatch between the pronoun and its referent (or antecedent, the word the pronoun is intended to replace), are issues that frequently cause students trouble avoid most pronoun reference problems by following these rules.
Here's an obscure topic for you translated into everyday english, indefinite pronoun reference means a confusing pronoun (he, him, she, her, it, they, them, this, that, and similar words. My girlfriend hates my sister, but she's really niceexcuse me who is nice in this sentence it could be read that you think that either your sister. Vague pronoun reference bears a resemblance to dangling modifiers (see modifier errors ) as a matter of fact, one may often find ambiguous pronoun references in modifying phrases that dangle. Most indefinite pronouns are either singular or plural however, some of them can be singular in one context and plural in another the most common indefinite pronouns are listed below, with examples, as singular, plural or singular/plural anything no matter what thing the doctor needs to know if.
In english grammar, reference is the relationship between a grammatical unit (usually a pronoun) that refers to (or stands in for) another grammatical unit (usually a noun or noun phrase. Antecedents when a pronoun's reference is too vague, replace the pronoun with a noun more and more often, especially in large cities, we are finding. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun in a sentence (he, she, them, it) pronouns are convenient words without them we would have to continually repeat the noun every time we wanted to talk about it, which would quickly become tedious. Usage - pronoun reference a pronoun is a word used to stand for (or take the place of) a noun a pronoun should refer clearly to one, clear, unmistakable noun coming before the pronoun. View vague pronouns presentations online, safely and virus-free many are downloadable learn new and interesting things get ideas for your own presentations share yours for free.
Vague showing top 8 worksheets in the category - vague some of the worksheets displayed are name vague pronouns, vague pronouns, vague pronoun reference and pronoun antecedent, work for clear pronoun reference, faulty pronoun reference, better writing avoiding vague and ambiguous pronoun references, pronoun reference the antecedent ps 14, act english curriculum review work. A pronoun is a part of speech that can replace a noun its antecedent is the person, place, or thing to which the pronoun refers a vague pronoun reference might include words such as it, that, this, and which, and can leave the reader wondering what or to whom the pronoun refers. If you have a pronoun in a sentence, you'll also need to have an antecedent in this lesson, find out what an antecedent is as well as some of the basic rules for avoiding vague pronoun references. Show transcribed image text quiz #4 -- pronoun reference - vague pronoun reference-rewrite sentence correctly question 1 (1 point) in some cases, students can choose whether to take an online course, a face-to-face course, or a hybrid course.
Good writing is good business isbn 978-09880938--5 this writing handbook has all the ingredients necessary to write well i particularly like the graphic presentations and the numerous writing examples. Usage - pronoun-antecedent agreement a pronoun is a word used to stand for (or take the place of) a noun a word can refer to an earlier noun or pronoun in the sentence. Mabel put them in the cabinet faulty pronoun reference every pronoun you write should refer clearly and unmistakably to one particular noun disks is the antecedent for the pronoun them. Exercise on vague or unclear pronoun reference in the following pairs of sentences, one sentence is correct, and the other sentence contains a vague or ambiguous pronoun reference.
Explanation: this sentence has an ambiguous pronoun to whom does she refer you could fix this either by referring to both women with they, if it is indeed the case that both were honored at the awards ceremony after dinner, or by replacing she with the name of the woman being specified. Vague pronouns - underline the vague pronoun in each sentence below then circle the part of the sentence you think the pronoun is referring to then circle the part of the sentence you think the pronoun is referring to. Pronoun: a pronoun is a word that substitutes for a noun, noun phrase, or another pronoun a vague pronoun: is a pronoun that doesn't have an explicit antecedent slideshow.