The plural pronouns they and them are logical choices for peak + mate and cheerleader + T twirling stick. Pronoun reference errors can also be problems for beginners, as it`s so easy to hurry up when writing and forget that you need to think about the clarity of your writing for your audience. Not only the homemade sweet potato cake, but also the hand-picked flowers (plural noun) will win Briana`s heart with their thoughtfulness (plural pronouns). The pronoun “her” is often used with indefinite singular pronouns, but this is not always correct in formal writings. Here`s an example that shows a pronoun-precursor match error: Here`s an example that shows a correct pronoun-precursor match: When people speak, logic wins, so you`ll hear plural pronouns with those words. But when you write, words like everyone else, someone and nothing are singular and require a singular pronoun to match. A common pronoun reference error occurs when students write about several different people or things and then later use a pronoun like them or him, but the audience has no idea what they are referring to. In most cases, you don`t have to argue whether you need the singular or plural form. Spoken English that you have heard repeatedly will help you make the right choice of pronoun when writing. Another situation to watch out for is that of implicit pronouns. Remember that the precursor must be present in the sentence.
Here is an example of a non-general theorem: English unfortunately contains special correspondence situations. These require your more careful attention. Example #2 (singular precursor closer to the pronoun): The pronoun his refers to President Lincoln. President Lincoln is the ANTECED of the pronoun his. Pronoun matching errors occur when the pronoun you use to “represent” a name does not match that name in number, location, or gender. In this example, the jury acts as a unit; therefore, the reference pronoun is singular. According to the APA`s style blog, “if transgender and gender nonconformists (including agenres, genderqueers, and other communities) use the singular `they` as a pronoun, writers should also use the singular `them` when writing about them” (para. . . .