Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Pronouns Must Agree with Their Antecedents in Person.

Person refers to the point of view, indicating whether the speaker or writer includes himself, directly addresses another, or refers to others by name or gender.

  • First person pronouns include the speaker: I, we, us, our.
  • Second person pronouns directly address another: you, your.
  • Third person pronouns represent an uninvolved point of view: he, him, she, her, they, them, their.
First Person

My roommate doesn't understand that I need music to study.
  • The first person possessive pronoun my agrees in person with the pronoun I.

Second Person

You shouldn't forget to set your alarm when you have an 8:00 a.m. class.
  • The second person possesive pronoun your corresponds to its antecedent you.

Third Person

Sarah does poorly on homework assignments, but she always aces the tests.
  • The third person pronoun she corresponds to the antecedent Sarah.