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Unfortunately, English also includes a few specific agreement situations. These require your more careful attention. Historically, it was he, the male pronoun, who used English as a standard. «It» was used not only when the subject was male, but also when it concerned a group of several sexes or a subject without a defined sex. Consider this sentence: Each (singular) should finish their work (plural) before leaving. (false) Many people form a company, a school or an organization. However, consider these three groups as a singular for the purposes of pronoun agreement and use them, them or yourself, to maintain conformity. How you rewrite the sentence depends on the style guide you use. Both the 8th Edition MLA and the 7th Edition APA support the use of the singular. On the other hand, the 17th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) does not use the singular in formal writings, unless the person being discussed prefers them. CMOS recommends rewriting the sentence so that the noun and pronoun match. The need for a pronoun-precursor agreement can lead to gender problems. For example, if you write, «A student must see their advisor before the end of the semester,» if there are female students, nothing but grief will follow.

In this situation, one can pluralize to avoid the problem: indefinite pronouns encompass all pronouns that relate to a subject or group of unknown magnitude. Undetermined pronouns are: remember that if we associate a pronoun with something else, we do not want to change the form. If you follow this rule carefully, something often happens that «doesn`t sound good.» You would write, «This money is for me,» so if someone else is involved, don`t write, «This money is for Fred and me.» Try this: Basic principle: A pronoun usually refers to a little earlier in the text (its predecessor) and must correspond to the thing it relates to in number of singulars/plurals. Over-conforming pronouns is a common problem for those who want to speak and write correctly. Many languages treat pronouns differently from English, especially those of grammatical sex. Fortunately, you can solve these challenges with some information and tips. Some pronouns are pronouns that replace words that have already been specifically mentioned in the sentence. There are two specific types of pronouns: personal and demonstrative. A (third person) should make a very careful decision about their career choice (third person). (correct) OR you (second person) need to make a very careful decision about your (second person) career choice.

Trying to comply with the above rule (#2) can lead to nonsense. It is widely considered fair (or quite correct) to say at the beginning of the twenty-first century that a pronoun must correspond to its predecessor (the word to which the pronoun refers) in number (singular or plural), gender and person (first person/second person/third person). . . .