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Writing: Pronoun-antecedent agreement — Harder example

Writing: Grammar

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a crate of honeybees arrived at my house by accident so I took them immediately to animal control alright so what is what is this pronoun them trying to refer to and so it might be tempting to say that it's referring to the honeybees but the subject of this of the first part this first clause of the sentence right over here they didn't say honey bees arrived in my house they say a crate of honey bees so the subject here is actually singular it's a crate a crate this right over here is singular so when we when we use the pronoun we also want the singular form and you could try it out by replacing it with the word that it's referring to a crate of honeybees arrived at my house by accident so I took the crate immediately to Animal Control so instead of the crate I wouldn't say damn I would say it I would replace the plural pronoun with the singular with the singular pronoun so I took it immediately to animal control this is a very this is a one that'll will trip many people up many times because you see a singular thing that contains many things and so you might say ok well there I'm talking about a lot of honeybees so I'd want to use plural well that would be the case if we just said honey bees arrived in my house by accident so I took them immediately to animal control that would actually be ok but we're not but we're not talking about honey bees arriving we're talking about a crate one crate of honeybees arriving and so the the pronoun here is referring to that one crate so it should be it should be it