Antecedences are ways of showing who you’re talking about when you’ve got two pronouns in a sentence or paragraph and we aren’t sure which He or She you mean. Things can get confusing. Especially when both characters are the same sex.
Now what’s so important about these types of words? The importance is in how these words are misused in writing. The reason you use these pronouns is to cut down on the times you mention the character’s given name. You are never going to write a short story, novel or memoir where you use the main character’s name every time you mention her throughout the whole piece.
Before I can explain when, why and where pronouns and their possessives should pop up let’s do a bit of role call.
First, Personal pronouns are what you’d use instead of a character’s name(s):
• I, me, we, us, you, he, him, she, her, they, them, it.
Second, Possessive pronouns are what you use instead of your character’s name when something is possessed, owned, belongs to someone (or not):
• mine, whose, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs
As in: That’s ours not yours.
Instead of: That’s Gail’s and Fred’s, not yours, Aunt Buffy.
• My, your, her, his, our.
As in: That’s her job.
Instead of: That’s Jeannie’s job.
It’s an easy mistake for novices and first-time Indy writes to make. But now that you ‘get it’, You’ll never let your readers be confused again.
See here for an entire lesson on Antecedences
About The AuthorE.J. Runyon Author, Writing Coach at Bridge to Story at Bridge to Story http://www.bridgetostory.com/
I am a writer, coach, and the creator of BridgetoStory.com, a writing service providing instruction to novices and other writers online and off. I've coached writers as individuals and in small groups since 1997.