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Introduction to Pronouns

Pronouns, Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement, and Pronoun Reference

Read the following paragraph carefully. It has errors in pronouns, pronoun-antecedent agreement, and pronoun reference.

There was an old woman who lived around the corner on Maple Street. He was very strange. She, himself, did not look strange, but they did act very strange. Each night, they left the house and wandered through the streets walking while birds flew around her head. Some people thought it was actually a bat. He thought it was weird. They walked up one street and down another under the dark sky.

Pronouns, Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement, and Pronoun Reference

Now, read it with corrections. You will see how the meaning is more clear.

There was an old woman who lived around the corner on Maple Street. She was very strange. She, herself, did not look strange, but she did act strange. Each night, she left the house and wandered through the street walking while birds flew around her head. Some people thought these flying creatures were actually bats. The people thought the sight of a woman with bats flying around her head was weird. The woman walked up one street and down another all while the bats flew in circles around her head under the dark sky.