Using Pronouns Clearly

Using Pronouns Clearly

-Because a pronoun refers back 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

For example:

-If a student parks a car on campus,he or she has

 to buy a parking stiker

Note: If a student parks a car on campus,they have to 

buy a parking stiker


-Everybody ought to do his or her best ( Not : their best)

Remember The words

Everybody, anybody , anyone , nobody 

 someone , each , neither , a person

Are singular and take singular pronouns

Note :

Many people find the construction “ His / 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 singluar 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  “the third person’’ ( he,she,they,it,you,we )

Similarly , if you are using the “the second person’’ , don’t 

switch to “ first’’ or “third’’


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