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Pro-forms (such as pronouns) may take their meaning from an earlier word or phrase. That earlier text is the antecedent of the pro-form.

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Anaphoric reference

A son looks to the affection of his parents. If they fail, they are expected to bring the case before the judge to seek justice. In the second sentence, the pronoun 'they' is used as an anaphoric ...
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Antecedent agreement-verb and subject

Which verbs or verb should be used to fix the grammatical point? He is one of the boys who_____interested in learning English. is are Both are acceptable. Let me know why? Attach any references to ...
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Which antecedent does this pronoun refer to? ("John killed David in his car") [duplicate]

John killed David in his car. Who owned the car? In other words, which antecedent does the pronoun "his" refer to? John or David? Or you think this this sentence is actually so ambiguous ...
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"He" as the antecedent of a relative pronoun

He that is always shooting must sometimes hit. [source] Question: Is He correct? A Japanese teacher of English says that it is not normal to use "he" as the antecedent of a relative pronoun,...
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Relative pronoun -- Which word is the antecedent?

First, could you have a look at the following passage, focusing on the first sentence, especially the word "that" in block font? The rent was not high, but my landlady had furnished the ...
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What is the antecedent of 'where' in this sentence?

In the following sentence, what is the antecedent? I thought it might be YouTube, but there's also a possibility of it being Internet platforms. "You're free here," said Dainiy. "You ...
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You will starve when the inevitable occasional year arrives in which your one field has a low yield

It is not the peasant’s goal to produce the highest possible time‐averaged crop yield, averaged over many years. If your time‐averaged yield is marvelously high as a result of the combination of nine ...
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The special antecedent of "which“ in "...without genetically altering the embryos, which has previously restricted the use..."

The technique, described in Cell on 5 July1, allows researchers to study crucial events in the first few days of development without genetically altering the embryos, which has previously restricted ...
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No Antecedent in a Relative Clause

Is this sentence grammatical? : More and more research is surfacing that shows us the benefits of the thousands of colorful “phytochemicals” (phyto=plant) that exist in foods. If it is, why? I can'...
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Does 'this' refer to three clauses?

Does this refer to all these: executives regularly combine business meetings with meals lobbyists invite politicians to attend receptions, lunches, and dinners major state occasions almost always ...
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What is the The grammatical subject in the given sentences? [closed]

One comfort that she had under the Ordeal by General was more sustaining to her, and made her more grateful than to a less devoted and affectionate spirit, not habituated to her struggles and ...
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Is this a wrongly placed Relative Clause?

The following is a question from a test for high school students. His name was John _____ belonged to a theatrical group. (who / which / that) The answer is 'who'. But, my doubt: is the clause who ...
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What do the pronouns "more" and "them" mean in: "Would you get more satisfaction out of your studies if you brought more to them?"

I am reading a book on study skills. On a page it says Tend to coast along ‘in the middle’? You have the opportunity to test out how well you could do if you aim higher and adapt your strategy. How ...
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Want to know about grammatical term for substitutable part

I should think you call those nouns antecedent which are referred to by relative pronoun. those nouns -> antecedent which -> relative pronoun Then, what do you call those nouns if they can be ...
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What do 'they' and 'their' refer to in this paragraph?

What does 'they' refer to in the following paragraph? You see, what we’re doing is we’re bringing up children and educating them to live the same sort of lives we’re living, in order that they may ...
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What is/are the antecedent(s) of the relative pronoun "who" in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, what is/are the antecedent(s) of the relative pronoun "who"? Children include all biological children, legally adopted children, and stepchildren who are ...
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What is the antecedent of this bracketed that-clause?

You look at some more advanced logic books. Many of them have an introductory chapter summarizing set theory, which turns out to be a prerequisite. You need logic to understand set theory, but it ...
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what does "it" indicate in "I was ashamed for anyone to know of my predicament, it was too stupid to be believed"?

What does it indicate in this sentence? I was ashamed for anyone to know of my predicament, it was too stupid to be believed. —Ellison, The Invisible Man Why it was too stupid?
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"that/which/who" word choice

She is the perfect accountant which/*who/*that her predecessor was not. This is not the type of modern house which/* that/* ( ) my own is. (CGEL, Quirk et al, 1985, Sec 17.14) Could someone ...
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A simple question on when to use "these" and when "those" while writing

Given: You will be needing the following three things for your trip: The first thing. The second thing. The third thing. In reference to the three things just now listed above, which one here is ...
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what does “which” refer to here?

Mr. Miller 's cost revenue figures paint an inaccurate picture because they do not consider the additional sales taxes from alcohol purchases, only revenue from alcohol excise taxes, the bulk of which ...
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What is the antecedent of 'which' in this sentence?

Is it a hurricane or the preceding clause, My village was hit by a hurricane? Sometimes it feels it doesn't matter what the antecedent is, just like this case. But I want to know if there is any rule ...
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What does "it" in "What's it like" refer to?

In Memento (2000), Burt speaks to Leonard: That's the thing. I have this condition. BURT Condition? LEONARD I have no memory. BURT Amnesia? LEONARD No. It's different. I have no short-term memory. I ...
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Sentences With Multiple Antecedents

Below I have provided three examples sentences with multiple antecedents and their respective pronoun(s). So, my question is as follows: How do I determine which antecedent the pronoun refers to? ...
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Confused about "That and the fact that"

The passage is from a book review entitled "Top 6 Books About Gangsters" by Rod Reynolds. Sprawling and complex, yet exquisitely plotted, it’s the pathos Ellroy imbues in his tough guys ...
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Does a subject “it” refer to the preceding subject or preceding object if both might fit semantically?

In a technical text, I once wrote a sentence similar to the following one: As the aforementioned notion of the maximal doodad is based on the long thingum, this notion targets extended hickeys, such ...
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I am not sure how antecedents and plurals work. when you are talking about "criticisms"

I am very open to any constructive criticisms, as they make you better. Is it okay if I say criticisms and they in one sentence?
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People aren’t inanimate features of a building

For example, if you were afraid of standing on balconies, you would start on some lower floors and slowly work your way up(literally) to higher ones. Facing your fears isn’t as easy or tidy when it ...
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What does "one" refer to in: “one that is subsequently rejected…”?

Here is a sentence from an LSAT: It draws an analogy between semiplaning monohulls and conventional ships that constitutes an objection to the argument's main conclusion, one that is subsequently ...
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What do the pronouns “that” and “its” refer to within the enclosed text?

I have been try­ing to un­der­stand this sen­tence, but it is a lit­tle too com­pli­cated for me to un­der­stand: In­di­vid­u­als ap­pear to have a knee-jerk re­flex­ive re­ac­tion to be­ing ex­...
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What does this "which" refer to in this sentence?

The following sentence is from Il Principe by Niccolò Machiavelli. What does this 'which' refer to in this sentence? And what does this sentence mean? I thought this 'which' might refers to punishment,...
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What is the referent of "it" in "under it"?

The following quote is from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: Mr. Crawford, approaching Julia, said: "I hope I am not to lose my companion, unless she is afraid of the evening air in so exposed a ...
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Referring to something in the last sentence with "This"

Is it clear what "This" refers in the following text? When someone runs out of ideas and reaches an impasse, they should confer to an experienced consultant. This is the key to break the ...
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Which word is "they" referring to?

Which word is they referring to in the following sentence? Children make circles because they are perfect. Is it referring to Children or circles? And why?
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I wonder if "that needs to be addressed" is modifying "a potential distraction" or "offices"

In a recent employers’ survey a wide variety of computer functions have/has been identified as a potential distraction in offices that needs to be addressed. I'm confused here whether the modifier &...
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What does "this" refer to in the passage?

If it refers to our progress in understanding, what is the difference between our progress in understanding and the progress of knowledge? He was disappointed that scientific progress has not cured ...
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Who does "they" refer to in this sentence?

“I never wanna be the guy who stops loving someone for loving the way that they want to love” Who does "they" refer to, "the guy" or "someone"? P.S. This sentence is ...
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Does this refer to 'to reward inventors~'?

Or, does it refer to 'the original rationale for granting patents'? Patents and copyright laws grant too much credit and reward to individuals and imply that technology evolves by jerks. Recall that ...
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Can that refer to plural?

In the following sentence, does that refer to plural approaches? The consequence is that non-scientific approaches to reality — and that can include all the arts, religion, and personal, emotional ...
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"something that you wear on your hands in the winter that rhymes with kittens"

Can anyone tell me which sentence below is correct? I'm thinking of something that you wear on your hands in the winter that rhymes with kittens. v.s I'm thinking of something that you wear on your ...
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What does "they" refer to in this sentence?

WHEN A CRICKETER reaches 100 runs, they have the chance to reflect on what they have achieved, but also to take a “fresh guard” so they are ready for the challenges that await. As we know "they&...
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one of those sheeple who has/ have

The sentence below is an example for the word sheeple offered by BBC Learning English: My brother's one of those sheeple who has to follow the latest fashions. I suppose who refers to one so it is ...
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What are the correct pronouns for referring to someone whom I have never met in person when the gender is apparent?

I want to mention someone whom I know of only by references on the Internet such as forums and blogs(clarification: I want to write about the person, not to write to the person). This person uses a ...
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What does "they" in the phrase, "the best they can" point to?

This sentence is grabbed from a website: A teacher's primary goal is to teach students the best they can about the things that are in our textbooks and more important, how to show respect for one ...
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Can his be used for feminine nouns

In the following sentence Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met his mother Heeraben in Gandhinagar on the occasion of his 69th birthday. His is used for mother. Is it correct?
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Adjectival clause construction

My brother brought the bread from India that you have eaten. You have eaten the bread that my brother brought from India. Is the that antecedent of the bread above in both sentence or there ...
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Can relative clauses be placed not just after the antecedent?

In order to keep the colony size down, a predator is introduced which keeps the colony size by eating bacteria. The idea was interesting which she put forward. Can relative clauses follow its ...
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"Those were among the few times" in "Hillbilly Elegy"

English is not my mother tongue. So many times I have problems understanding exact meaning of it. While I was reading Hillbilly Elegy, I found a word quite confusing. I thought about losing my ...
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How to understand the use of 'only' in this context

The king and queen rushed the girls to the trolls, mysterious healers who knew about magic. A wise troll named Grand Pabbie saved Anna by removing her memories of Elsa's magic. He explained that she ...
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mistake or mistook?

I saw the following sentence, and am wondering whether "mistake" should be replaced with "mistook." Plastic bags have been found in the guts of dead sea turtles, which mistake them for jellyfish. ...
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