Monday, June 4, 2007

Grammar: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them (Part 8 - Vague Pronoun Reference)

Sometimes the use of a pronoun is more confusing than just repeating the noun itself. It happens when the pronoun could refer to two possible nouns already used in the sentence.
After the boy sat next to his father, he sneezed.

Who sneezed? The boy or the father? This is an ambiguous reference. Rework the sentence if necessary.

At other times, pronouns are just too vague.
Due to the influx of cases, the associates worked late into the night. They accepted this as part of the job.

What did the associates accept? Change “this” to “the long hours” for clarification.

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