Grammar Notes Lesson 5: Using Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement – Answers
Pronouns are words that replace nouns in sentences. Antecedents are the nouns that pronouns refer to. Pronoun-antecedent agreement means that the pronoun must agree with its antecedent in number (singular or plural) and gender (masculine, feminine, or neuter). Here are the answers to the exercises in Grammar Notes Lesson 5 on using pronoun-antecedent agreement.
Peter told his brother that he would come to the party.
My sister and I finished our homework before she went to bed.
Antecedent: sister and I
Correction: My sister and I finished our homework before we went to bed.
The team celebrated their victory over its rival.
Pronoun: their, its
Correction: The team celebrated its victory over its rival.
Every student must bring their own lunch to school.
Antecedent: every student
Correction: Every student must bring his or her own lunch to school.
The cat licked its paw and meowed.
The committee decided to hold its next meeting in the conference room.
My parents gave my sister and me their old car, which they bought in the 1980s.
Neither the teacher nor the students could find their textbooks.
Antecedent: teacher, students
Correction: Neither the teacher nor the students could find his or her textbook.
All of the employees were asked to attend the meeting, but only some of them came.
Antecedent: employees, them
A dog wagged its tail and barked at the mailman.
In conclusion, using pronoun-antecedent agreement correctly is essential in written communication to avoid ambiguity and confusion. Make sure your pronouns match their antecedents in number and gender to ensure clear and effective communication.