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Pronouns and relative adjectives

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Pronouns and relative adjectives

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    ; Another linking strategy is to make use of words that help us keep our sense of directionpointers and transitions. Some of the most useful pointers and transitions are also some of the least appreciated by students: pronouns and adjectives to show possession and relation, like he, his, this, which, they, and it. The definition of a pronoun is a word that can stand in for a noun. It always points to some noun or thing called the antecedent ante is a Latin word meaning before:

    . Relative adjectives are similar: they show relation or the antecedent goes before the pronoun

    ownership my book, his argument, its strengths.

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    ; Pronouns and relative adjectives perform the invaluable function of calling your reader’s attention to some noun you have already used without requiring you to use it again. This is an economical way of reminding your reader of your argument. Many students tend to see these simple words as too humble for college writing, and prefer to invoke the full weight of a name or other noun. But a humble pronoun can sharpen a sentence:

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    ;ORIGINAL REVISION Even after Antony remarries, Cleopatra is still an integral part of Antony’s life. Even after Antony remarries, Cleopatra is still an integral part of his life.

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    ; Further revision might try to build around an active verb.

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    ; Here’s another example, a paragraph about Moses that sinks under the weight of its repetitions of its proper names, the Israelites and Moses:

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    ; The Israelites were unhappy with Moses and wished he would leave them alone. When God sent the ten plagues, Pharaoh was forced to let the Israelites go. The Israelites then eagerly and willingly followed Moses from Egypt. The Israelites would not have been so willing to follow Moses if God had not intervened and shown that he supported Moses. The Israelites also showed how easily they would turn their backs on Moses when they were being pursued by the Egyptians. They panicked and again cursed Moses for

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