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21. PRONOUN AGREEMENT Pronouns (e.g., he, she, their, theirs) have to match (or agree) with the nouns that they replace or refer to. There are two common errors in matching (or agreement): the noun and the pronoun are not both plural or both singular the pronoun you is used to replace a noun ERROR INCORRECT CORRECT REMEMBER The noun and the pronoun By Friday, each student must By Friday, all students must A noun and the pronoun that that replaces the noun do register for their classes. register for their classes. replaces the noun must both not match. be singular or both plural. (The noun student is singular, (The noun students and the The noun and the pronoun but the pronoun their is plural.) pronoun their are both plural.) are not both plural or both singular. The pronoun you is used to Most students find college Most students find college Do not use the pronoun you to replace a noun. challenging because you have challenging because they have to replace a noun. to work hard. work hard. In general, avoid using the (Students is a noun; the (The pronoun they is the correct informal pronoun you in college pronoun you should not be pronoun to replace the noun papers. used to replace a noun.) students.) Created in 2007 at the Center for English Language Support, John Jay College, on a U.S. Department of Education Page 1 of 1 (Title V Collaborative) Grant awarded to John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Queensborough Community College.
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