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Editing Narrative Arguments

After you complete major revisions to your narrative argument, you should edit it to make sure every word and punctuation mark is correct. Among other issues, you'll want to look closely at pronoun agreement and punctuation of dialogue. The activities that follow will help. You'll also use a checklist to finalize your editing.

Editing for Pronoun Agreement

A pronoun is a word that stands in the place of a noun or another pronoun (its antecedent). The most familiar pronouns are I, me, my; we, us, our, ours; you, your, yours; he, she, it, they, their, theirs. A pronoun needs to agree with its antecedent. That means both need to have the same person (first, second, or third), the same number (singular or plural), and the same gender (masculine, feminine, neuter, or indeterminate).

Agreement

Merida drove her car. (Merida and her are both third person, singular, and feminine: they agree.)

I rode my bike. (I and my are both first person, singular, and indeterminate.)

Other friends relied on ride-share apps using their phones. (Other friends and their are both third-person, plural, and indeterminate.)

This lesson is a part of the Writing Narrative Arguments unit.

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