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What is an Antecedent? - Definition, Meaning & Examples

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In the following sentence, what is the antecedent to which the pronoun she refers?

My mother made all of her own clothes, and she did a very good job of it.

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1.

Which pronoun would correctly fill in the blank in the following sentence?

The government levied taxes on _____ citizens.

2. Which of the following is a singular indefinite pronoun?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When a pronoun refers back to a noun earlier in the sentence, that noun is called an antecedent. Improper combinations of pronouns and antecedents, like all grammar disasters, can result in confusion. Before, during or after the lesson, use this quiz/worksheet combo to test your knowledge of this important grammatical concept.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • Identification of antecedents
  • The correct pronoun choice for an antecedent
  • Singular indefinite pronouns

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information regarding antecedent and pronoun agreement from the related lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge gained concerning singular indefinite pronouns
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about choosing the correct pronoun for a given antecedent

Additional Learning

Review the lesson titled What is an Antecedent? - Definition, Meaning & Examples to learn more about the correct combinations of pronouns and antecedents. The objectives addressed include:

  • Differentiate between pronouns and antecedents and their roles in sentences
  • Define a vague pronoun reference
  • Identify the dangers inherent in vague pronoun references
  • Understand how to avoid conflicts and ensure pronouns and antecedents agree
  • Know indefinite pronouns and how they affect antecedent agreement
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