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These resources provide guidelines for using pronouns in your writing.

Contributors:Tony Cimasko
Last Edited: 2017-08-31 12:17:55


Clarity is one of the most challenging issues involving pronoun use, and it comes in several forms. There are problems of specificity, in which the particular person or thing being referenced isn’t clear. In following example, who is “her”? Who is “she”?

Re-read your writing to make sure that your pronouns refer only to the person or thing you intend. If it is unclear, it often means there are too many competing nouns. In such cases, switch back to a noun.

Occasionally, writers will unintentionally switch the person of the pronoun. In this example, the writer begins by referring to Yasuo in the third person (“he”), but then switches to the second person (“you”):

Writers will occasionally unintentionally confuse quantities, as in this example of a single thing:

To avoid these issues, make sure that you use pronouns consistently.

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