If you aren’t sure of the gender of the antecedent, use “she or he”, “his/her”, “him/her” as the pronoun
Example: The police officer always carries his/her badge when on duty.
Things and animals don’t have gender—use “it”, “its” to refer to non-human objects/groups.
Example: The team won its game.
Person What is it? Singular Plural 1st Person Refers to self I, me We 2nd Person Person/thing speaking to You You 3rd Person Someone/ Thing separate from you He, She, It (or nouns referring to he, she, it) They (or nouns referring to they)
Steps for Determining if Pronouns and Antecedents Agree
Find the pronouns in the sentence.
Example: Sally went to her boyfriend’s house, but he wasn’t home.
Decide what nouns the pronouns are referring to (ie. find the antecedents )
Example: Sally went to her boyfriend ’s house, but he wasn’t home.
Ask yourself “What person/number/gender is the antecedent?” “Does the pronoun match the antecedent in number and person?”