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What is the name of the word that the pronoun stands for or refers to in a sentence?



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Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: Oct 25, 2020

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Markda John

Markda John

Markda John
Markda John

Answered Jan 01, 2018

Mary is the antecedent of the sentence. The antecedent of a sentence is basically the subject. This is the noun that a pronoun replaces in a sentence, or in a following sentence. The pronouns (words like “he”, “she”, “it”, “me”, “we”, etc.) are words we use in English (and in other languages) to avoid unnecessary and painful repetition of a name. Have you ever read a book that repeated a character’s name every two or three sentences? Gets a little annoying to read, doesn’t it? That’s why we use pronouns.

Finding the antecedent of a sentence is rather easy. You find the pronoun, and then you work backwards to find the word that makes the most sense for that pronoun to replace.

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John Adney

John Adney

John Adney
John Adney

Answered Feb 26, 2017

Antecedent
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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith
John Smith

Answered Nov 03, 2016

Antecedent, anticedant, antacedant, antesedant
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