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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: May 31, 2020

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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.

 

John Adney

John Adney

Answered Feb 26, 2017

Antecedent
 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Nov 03, 2016

Antecedent, anticedant, antacedant, antesedant
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Antecedent

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