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Writing: Pronoun-antecedent agreement — Basic example

Writing: Grammar

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- [Instructor] Building a fully-equipped treehouse was the highlight of Harriet's summer, even though it got in the way of the class trip. So we have this pronoun it that they're underlining and we can either not change it or we could swap it out for she, they, or he. So let's think about what it is referring to. So building a fully-equipped treehouse was the highlight of Harriet's summer. So what it is referring to, even though it got it in the way. What is it? Well, it is building a fully-equipped treehouse. This right over here is a gerund phrase, this right over here is a gerund, it's a verb with an -ing ending that's used as a noun. Building a fully-equipped treehouse, this is the thing that got in the way. And you can test it by replacing the it with that. Even though building a fully-equipped treehouse got in the way of the class trip. That's exactly what the sentence is trying to say. So it makes sense to me that if it is referring to something that has no gender, like building a fully-equipped treehouse, and it's not plural, then you would just wanna keep it it. You definitely wouldn't want it to be she, building a fully-equipped treehouse is not a female gender, it's not a male gender, and it's not a plural. So you wouldn't wanna say they either. So I'm definitely going with no change.