Pronouns and Antecedents

Pronouns replace nouns.

A noun that is replaced by a pronoun is called an antecedent


          --When Braxton heard the news, she cheered.

                    Braxton = antecedent

                    she = pronoun

          --Tommy couldn't fall asleep because he drank three cans of                      Mountain Dew while watching a movie.

                    Tommy = antecedent

                    he = pronoun 

          --After Khalid brought his grade from a D to a B, the teacher                      recommended him for Student of the Month. 

                   Khalid = antecedent

                   his, him = pronouns

Pronouns can be subjective, objective, or possessive.  

Subjective pronouns act as subjects in sentences.







Objective pronouns act as objects in sentences.







Possessive pronouns show ownership in sentences.

Indefinite pronouns do not refer to any specific noun.

singular: another, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, little, much, neither, nobody, no one, nothing, one, other, somebody, someone, something
Plural: both, few, many, others, several
Singular or Plural: all, any, more, most, none, some

Some indefinite pronouns can be determiners and come before nouns.

--Any student who did badly on the test can retake it.
--All  homework should be completed by tomorrow.

--Both children arrived on time. 
--Each boy has his own bedroom.
--Either book is a good choice.
--Every school will be closed due to tomorrow's storm.
--Few people have climbed to the top.
--Many people have seen the movie.

Demonstrative Pronouns (this, that, these, those) can also be determiners.
--This book is excellent.  
--That book is excellent.  
--These books are excellent.  
--Those books are excellent.  




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