Pronoun reference recognize pronoun reference when you see it pronouns are chameleon words in one sentence, for example, the pronoun he might mean zippy the dog in another sentence he might replace the rock star on stage, the president of the united states, or my lab partner fred who picks his nose. 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. 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. 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.
Ambiguous reference occurs when a pronoun can refer to more than one antecedent remote reference occurs when a pronoun is so far away from its antecedent that the relationship is unclear vague reference occurs when a pronoun refers to a word that is only implied, not stated a pronoun should. 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. An antecedent is the word or group of words to which a pronoun refers for example: the pitcher struck out 12 batters because she had a deceptive riseball (she refers to the pitcher, so she is the pronoun and the pitcher is the antecedent.
What is vague pronoun reference the issue i see most often in student writing is the use of a pronoun which does not refer to one specific noun to review, a pronoun is a word used to take the place of a noun, and should refer to one unmistakable noun preceding it. 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. Ambiguous pronoun reference, his mother piped up from the back, her first critical observation of the new day a student's introduction to english grammar. Avoiding vague and ambiguous pronoun references vocabulary antecedent the noun which a pronoun substitutes for or refers to ambiguous pronoun reference. 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.
A vague pronoun reference is not as complicated as the words sound what happens when you have a vague pronoun reference is the noun of representation is not clearthe government should not be permitted to regulate gay or lesbian marriage because it is. Vague and ambiguous pronouns contribute largely to immature writing among middle and high school students this lesson plan and accompanying materials will train students to identify, eliminate, and replace these vague pronoun references. Discussion question: what was the easiest way to fix vague pronoun references which was the most difficult return to the video and watch the part on pronoun antecedent agreement. Iii) avoid the vague use of this, that, or which to refer to the general idea of a preceding clause or sentence in general, a pronoun should refer to a particular word in. Another kind of faulty / vague pronoun reference problem occurs when writers use a pronoun without giving the pronoun any antecedent at all example: in this example, the pronoun they has no noun antecedent to which it can refer.
Pronouns refer to the idea that harry was always late, but they can't logically refer back to either of the two nouns, harry or class ways to correct vague pronouns. Common grammatical errors: unclear pronoun references unclear pronoun reference makes sentences confusing, vague, and difficult to understand if the pronoun. 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. Pronoun reference pronouns work well when they stand in for specific nouns, but sometimes they are used to refer to vague, unnamed entities: vague.
Introduction to pronouns which sentence corrects the vague pronoun problem in this sentence pronoun agreement and reference - civil war, regionalism, and. Here are more examples of vague pronoun reference: janice took the watch and necklace and sold it the reader does not know whether it refers to the watch or the necklace. Sat writing : correcting pronoun-antecedent agreement errors and its is the possessive form of the pronoun it, which is not used to refer to a person so.
A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun or refers back to a noun already mentioned common pronouns include: he, she, it, they, this, that, their, his, her, which you must be very careful when using pronouns in order to be sure that your reader understands what. Choose the sentence that corrects the use of vague pronouns in the sentence below doug visited chris at his ball game doug visited chris at her ball game doug visited chris at his friend's ball game doug visited chris at chris' ball game doug visited chris at her friend's ball game 5 combine. We explain unclear pronoun references with video tutorials and introduction to business this video explains why some pronouns are unclear, ambigious, vague. Clarify vague pronoun references a vague pronoun reference might include words such as it, that, this, and which how to write an engaging introduction.
We explain unclear pronoun references with video tutorials and quizzes, using our many ways(tm) approach from multiple teachers this lesson goes over how to identify and correct an unclear pronoun reference. An introduction to indefinite pronouns and a long list of examples of indefinite pronouns examples of indefinite pronouns pronouns replace nouns within sentences.