Question and answer
? How can you ensure you are using pronouns correctly? Elaborate on how correct pronoun use will help your writing in the future.
Using Pronouns Clearly : Because a pronoun REFERS to a noun or TAKES THE PLACE OF that noun, you have to use the correct pronoun so that your reader clearly understands which noun your pronoun is referring to. Therefore, pronouns should: 1. [ Agree in number If the pronoun takes the place of a singular noun, you have to use a singular pronoun. If a student parks a car on campus, he or she has
to buy a parking sticker. (NOT: If a student parks a car on campus, they have to buy a parking sticker.) Remember: the words everybody, anybody, anyone, each, neither, nobody, someone, a person, etc. are singular and take singular pronouns. Everybody ought to do his or her best. (NOT: their best) Neither of the girls brought her umbrella. (NOT: their umbrellas) NOTE: Many people find the construction "his or her" wordy, so if it is possible to use a plural noun as your antecedent so that you can use "they" as your pronoun, it may be wise to do so. If you do use a singular noun and the context makes the gender clear, then it is permissible to use just "his" or "her" rather than "his or her." 2. Agree in person If you are writing in the "first person" (I), don't confuse your reader by switching to the "second person" (you) or "third person" (he, she, they, it, etc.). Similarly, if you are using the "second person," don't switch to "first" or "third." When a person comes to class, he or she should have his or her homework ready. (NOT: When a person comes to class, you should have your homework ready.) 3. Refer clearly to a specific noun. Don't be vague or ambiguous. NOT: Although the motorcycle hit the tree, it was not damaged. (Is "it" the motorcycle or the tree?) NOT: I don't think they should show violence on TV. (Who are "they"?) NOT: Vacation is coming soon, which is nice. (What is nice, the vacation or the fact that it is coming soon?) NOT: George worked in a national forest last summer. This may be his life's work. (What word does "this" refer to?) NOT: If you put this sheet in your notebook, you can refer to it. (What does "it" refer to, the sheet or your notebook?) .................. ]
Ask a question
Not a good answer? Get an answer now. (FREE)
Original conversation
User: ? How can you ensure you are using pronouns correctly? Elaborate on how correct pronoun use will help your writing in the future.

Weegy: Using Pronouns Clearly : Because a pronoun REFERS to a noun or TAKES THE PLACE OF that noun, you have to use the correct pronoun so that your reader clearly understands which noun your pronoun is referring to. Therefore, pronouns should: 1. [ Agree in number If the pronoun takes the place of a singular noun, you have to use a singular pronoun. If a student parks a car on campus, he or she has to buy a parking sticker. (NOT: If a student parks a car on campus, they have to buy a parking sticker.) Remember: the words everybody, anybody, anyone, each, neither, nobody, someone, a person, etc. are singular and take singular pronouns. Everybody ought to do his or her best. (NOT: their best) Neither of the girls brought her umbrella. (NOT: their umbrellas) NOTE: Many people find the construction "his or her" wordy, so if it is possible to use a plural noun as your antecedent so that you can use "they" as your pronoun, it may be wise to do so. If you do use a singular noun and the context makes the gender clear, then it is permissible to use just "his" or "her" rather than "his or her." 2. Agree in person If you are writing in the "first person" (I), don't confuse your reader by switching to the "second person" (you) or "third person" (he, she, they, it, etc.). Similarly, if you are using the "second person," don't switch to "first" or "third." When a person comes to class, he or she should have his or her homework ready. (NOT: When a person comes to class, you should have your homework ready.) 3. Refer clearly to a specific noun. Don't be vague or ambiguous. NOT: Although the motorcycle hit the tree, it was not damaged. (Is "it" the motorcycle or the tree?) NOT: I don't think they should show violence on TV. (Who are "they"?) NOT: Vacation is coming soon, which is nice. (What is nice, the vacation or the fact that it is coming soon?) NOT: George worked in a national forest last summer. This may be his life's work. (What word does "this" refer to?) NOT: If you put this sheet in your notebook, you can refer to it. (What does "it" refer to, the sheet or your notebook?) .................. ]
sujaysen|Points 1130|

User: How can you ensure you are using pronouns correctly

Weegy: You have to remember what pronouns are appropriate for what individuals/groups. I/you/he/she is a pronoun for a single person we/they is for more than one person, and it is for nonhumans and inanimate objects.
batotoy|Points 1355|

Question
Asked 12/17/2011 5:56:38 PM
Updated 4/11/2012 11:08:50 PM
2 Answers/Comments
New answers
Rating
0
1. Before speaking aloud, test your new sentence silently to yourself: "Gary gave Barbara, Luke and I a new DVD." 2. Cut out all names and other nouns, leaving only pronouns:"He gave (to) I it." ("He gave it to I."). 3.How does it sound? ?Wrong! 4. [ Pick your common sense choice, then reinsert all the words you removed to check the sentence: "Gary gave Barbara, Luke and me a new DVD." 5. Say it aloud or write it with confidence that your grammar is correct.
Added 4/11/2012 11:08:50 PM
Comments
[Deleted]
Added 4/11/2012 11:08:44 PM
Add an answer or comment
Log in or sign up first.
Home | Contact | Terms | Privacy | Social | ©2013 Purple Inc.
Ad
Popular Conversations
write 0.0053 as a percent
4/18/2014 4:31:03 PM| 7 Answers
One number is 7 more than twice another. If their difference is 22, ...
Weegy: One number is 9 more than twice another. If their difference is 22, what is the larger number? answer is 37. ...
4/18/2014 11:15:41 AM| 5 Answers
which life stage does nutritional issue might cause the most problems ...
Weegy: Malnutrition is a common problem in cancer patients that has been relief from nutrition impact symptoms and ...
4/19/2014 1:18:55 AM| 5 Answers
A letter that is mailed today will be delivered by 10:30 A.M. ...
Weegy: A letter that is mailed today will be delivered by 10:30 A.M. tomorrow. This is an C. adverb clause. User: ...
4/18/2014 5:43:32 PM| 4 Answers
genetic code
Weegy: Please ask your question about genetics. User: The Challenger was the first space shuttle.
4/18/2014 8:40:33 AM| 3 Answers
Find the excluded value of the rational expression 2x + 6 4x – 8 ...
Weegy: D. 2 User: Multiply. State the Excluded value 5/2a x 3/a^2 Weegy: B.15/2a^3 where a =0 User: Multiply. ...
4/18/2014 2:09:56 PM| 3 Answers
Nitrogen gas consists of _____. two separate nitrogen atoms a ...
Weegy: Nitrogen gas consist of diatomic nitrogen atom
4/18/2014 2:50:12 PM| 3 Answers
write 13.7 as a percent
4/18/2014 3:58:02 PM| 3 Answers
Weegy Stuff
S
L
P
C
L
P
C
Points 1541 [Total 6928]| Ratings 0| Comments 1541| Invitations 0|Offline
S
L
P
C
P
C
1
L
P
C
Points 1453 [Total 9334]| Ratings 0| Comments 1453| Invitations 0|Offline
S
1
L
1
L
P
Points 477 [Total 7154]| Ratings 1| Comments 467| Invitations 0|Offline
S
L
Points 397 [Total 2844]| Ratings 2| Comments 367| Invitations 1|Offline
S
R
Points 170 [Total 282]| Ratings 5| Comments 100| Invitations 2|Offline
S
Points 160 [Total 576]| Ratings 0| Comments 160| Invitations 0|Offline
S
1
Points 153 [Total 483]| Ratings 3| Comments 123| Invitations 0|Online
S
Points 141 [Total 141]| Ratings 6| Comments 61| Invitations 2|Online
S
Points 133 [Total 777]| Ratings 1| Comments 123| Invitations 0|Offline
S
L
1
1
1
Points 99 [Total 3365]| Ratings 6| Comments 39| Invitations 0|Offline