Generally, pronouns stand for or refer to a noun, an individual or individuals or thing or things (the pronoun’s antecedent) whose identity is made clear earlier in the text.
In these examples, the pronouns are highlighted in pink while its antecedents are highlighted in green.
- My mother baked a cake today. It was delicious!
- My father works at a chemical factory. He likes his job.
Not all pronouns will refer to an antecedent, however.
- Everyone here earns over a thousand dollars a day.
- Can everybody please stand up?
The words everyone and everybody has no antecedent. However, they both refer to the audience or listener of the sentence.
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