#4 is not strictly “false,” but it uses “itself” as a generic reflexive pronoun for an unspecified person; This is widely considered sexist in modern usage. Note: Example #1, with the plural precursor closer to the pronoun, produces a smoother sentence than example #2 that forces the use of the singular “her or her”. For definitions of the different types of pronouns and their roles in a sentence, click HERE. Each of these names can be replaced by a pronoun. When we replace John (the subject of the sentence) with a pronoun, we choose it, a subject pronoun. Example #2 (singular precursor closer to the pronoun): Indefinite pronouns anyone, anyone, everyone, everyone, someone, someone, someone, no one and no one are always singular. This is sometimes confusing for writers who feel like everyone (in particular) is referring to more than one person. The same goes for both and neither, which are always singular, although they seem to refer to two things. Below are the personal pronouns. They are called personal because they usually refer to people (except for what relates to things). A pronoun is a word used to represent (or stand) instead of a noun. Basic principle: A pronoun usually refers to something earlier in the text (its precursor) and must correspond to the thing it refers to in the singular/plural.
** You may want to look at the personal pronouns chart to see which presenters correspond to which predecessors. The pronouns of the third person are him, she, she, she, she, she, she, she, her, her, her, her, her and hers, herself, herself, herself, herself. When writers use the third person, the pronoun refers to the people or things we are talking about. The finger does not point to writers or readers, but to someone or something else. To understand the correspondence of pronoun precursors, you must first understand pronouns. Some nouns whose groups of nouns may be singular or plural, depending on their meaning in individual sentences. 1. Where two or more precursors of singular nouns are connected by and, they form a PLURAL precursor.
(1 + 1 = 2) 3. Plural group substortives, which mean two or more groups, adopt plural reference pronouns. First of all, when we refer to the group as a whole and therefore as a single entity, we consider the noun as a singular. In this case, we use a singular reference pronoun. We don‘t talk or write that way. We automatically replace Lincoln‘s name with a pronoun. More naturally, let‘s say ***note: you shouldn‘t use them to refer to them all, as in the following sentence: The need for a pronoun-precursor match can lead to gender problems. For example, if you write, “A student must see his advisor before the end of the semester,” if there are female students, nothing but grief will follow. We can pluralize in this situation to avoid the problem: in this example, the jury acts as a unit; therefore, the reference pronoun is singular.
but many people would object to it being written that way because someone is singular and there is a plural. However, there is much to be said to use the word them as a singular pronoun not specific to gender. In fact, this has already been said, and you can read all about it at the University of Texas, where a website has been dedicated to using theirs in this way in the writings of Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and other great names in literature. At least it‘s nice to know you‘re not alone! Another page dedicated to “genderless pronouns” is the Frequently Asked Questions under Neutral Pronouns. 2. The pronoun replacing the noun shall correspond to it as follows: C. A singular precursor followed by a plural precursor rule: a singular pronoun must replace a singular noun; a plural pronoun must replace a plural noun. Bad example: Psychologists should carefully review their patients‘ records before making a diagnosis. (The pronouns are theirs and you both refer to psychologists, the name we are talking about, which requires that they both be third-person pronouns.) If the two prehistoric nouns are connected by and in the plural, then the reference pronoun is also PLURAL. .