Posted by: episystechpubs | March 24, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Pronouns

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend.

Let’s briefly chat about pronouns. A pronoun is a word that substitutes a noun. He, she, you, they, and it are examples of pronouns. It is important to use the correct pronoun so that it is clear which noun the pronoun is referring to.

When using pronouns, many people make the following agreement mistake:

  • Incorrect: When the user logs in, they must have a password.

Pronouns must agree in number, if the pronoun takes the place of a singular noun, you have to use a singular pronoun.

  • Correct: When the user logs in, he or she has to have a password.

If you use a plural noun as your pronoun, then you have to use they.

  • Correct: When users login, they must have a password.

Now go forth, seize this Monday morning , and conquer the pronoun!

Thank you,

Jackie Solano

Technical Writer, Episys Technical Publications


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