Introduction: What is Pronoun Disagreement?
Pronoun disagreement occurs when the pronouns used in a sentence do not match in terms of number or gender. In other words, there's a mismatch between the pronoun and the noun it's referring to.
1. Number Agreement: Singular and Plural
When talking about one thing (singular), we use certain pronouns, and when talking about more than one thing (plural), we use different pronouns. Pronoun disagreement happens when these pronouns don't match the number of the noun.
Incorrect: The team lost their game. (The team is singular, but "their" is plural.)
Correct: The team lost its game. (The team is singular, and "its" matches.)
2. Gender Agreement: He, She, They
Pronouns like "he," "she," and "they" have specific gender associations. Using the wrong pronoun that doesn't match the gender of the noun leads to pronoun disagreement.
Incorrect: The girl finished his ice cream. (The girl is female, but "his" is masculine.)
Correct: The girl finished her ice cream. (The girl is female, and "her" matches.)
3. Indefinite Pronouns: Everyone, Nobody, Somebody
Indefinite pronouns can also lead to pronoun disagreement if they're not matched correctly with the appropriate pronoun.
Incorrect: Everybody should do whatever they want. (Everybody is singular, but "they" is plural.)
Correct: Everybody should do whatever he or she wants. (Using a singular pronoun that matches.)
4. Recap and Summary:
Pronoun disagreement happens when pronouns (words that stand in for nouns) don't match the number or gender of the nouns they're referring to. Here's a quick recap:
Remember, pronoun disagreement can lead to confusion or miscommunication, so it's important to make sure your pronouns agree with the nouns they refer to.
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