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Pronoun Antecedents

Grammar Bites It’s important to “reset” your pronouns. Pronouns are really versatile, but they take on the closest previous noun. So if you write something like this, your sentence may be misinterpreted:

Lucy walked over to our group and introduced herself. I looked at my friend Sally and raised a brow, then reached out to shake her hand.

The sentence, as written, reads that you’re shaking Sally’s hand. Based on the context, I don’t think that’s what’s intended. The sentence would need to be rearranged or you’d need to “reset” the antecedent.

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