New SAT Grammar Rule: Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

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New SAT Grammar Rule: Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

This next topic - called Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement (Singular-Plural) - is closely related to the lessons on Subject-Verb Agreement (Lesson 1) and Pronoun-Antecedent Clarity (Lesson 4). Like those previous topics, Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement (Singular-Plural) deals with proper selection of singular and plural forms of nouns & pronouns.

Now that we're on our second pronoun-based lesson, let's get one thing out of the way:

Pronouns on the SAT & ACT Grammar sections are ALWAYS SUSPICIOUS. They are GUILTY until proven INNOCENT.

That's because there's just so darn much that can go wrong when pronouns are involved.(Now might be a good time to review pronouns in Prelesson A, Parts of Speech, if you have any questions about what "pronouns" or "antecedents" are).

The first and foremost rule of pronouns - as we just learned in Lesson 4 on Pronoun- Antecedent Clarity - is: it must always be clear what antecedent noun a pronoun is referring to. Because pronouns like it and she are "anonymous" by nature, there is plenty of room for confusion.

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