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A vague pronoun reference is not as complicated as the words sound What happens when you have a vague pronoun reference is the noun of representation is not clear The government should not be permitted to regulate gay or lesbian marriage because it is discrimination The above sentence does not correctly identify exactly which noun is being represented Government is a noun but marriage can also be a noun Below is the correct way of stating the example sentence The government should not be permitted to regulate gay or lesbian marriage The regulation of homosexual marriages is a classic example of discrimination Pronouns are substitutes for nouns The word a pronoun refers to is an antecedent A pronoun should refer clearly to its antecedent A pronouns reference will be unclear if a person cannot determine which noun the pronoun actually represents You should be able to substitute the noun for its pronoun If the pronoun takes the place of a singular noun you have to use a singular pronoun Yes I use the notes and the 3-day plan It does not help much What exactly does it refer to the plan or the notes Since it is singular it leaves the reader believing that the word plan is what is being referred to but that assumption is wrong The writer is actually referring to both Yes I use the notes and the three-day plan but neither helped much By saying neither it refers back to BOTH items PRONOUNS MUST AGREE IN PERSON Do not start writing in the first person and then switch to the second person Switching causes confusion Confusion is frustrating So what have you learned Here is one more example of the correct way of using a pronoun Yes Thats it What is it Yes The explanation you provided was exactly what I was trying to say
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