Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement p. 188 - 190 Agreement in Number A plural antecedent takes a plural pronoun. Marla and Denise played their instruments. Our teachers completed their grades. A singular antecedent takes a singular pronoun. Jaden will bring his books. Abigail dislikes her math class. Collective Nouns Use a singular pronoun to refer to a collective noun whose parts act as a single unit. The orchestra will give its final show. Use a plural pronoun to refer to a collective noun whose parts act individually. The orchestra have tuned up their instruments. Pronouns Joined by Or or Nor A plural pronoun is used to refer to nouns and pronouns joined by and. James and Denise went to their houses. A pronoun that refers to nouns or pronouns joined by or or nor should agree with the noun or pronoun nearest to it. Neither the conductor nor the musicians have taken their places on stage. Agreement in Gender The gender of a pronoun must be the same as the gender of its antecedent Feminine she, her, hers Masculine he, him, his Neuter it, its Agreement in Gender Cont’d When the antecedent of a singular pronoun could be either feminine or masculine, use the phrase his or her. Each musician played his or her solo. If using his or her sounds awkward, try making both the pronoun and its antecedent plural. All the musicians played their solos. Agreement in Person The person of a pronoun must match the person of its antecedent. All students should bring their books. The pronouns one, everyone, and everybody are third person and singular. Everyone has his or her favorite song. Practice & Apply p. 190 Ex. A For # 1-5, write the antecedent and correct pronoun from parentheses.