What's an Antecedent?

An antecedent is a word, phrase or noun to which a pro- form such as a pronoun refers to. An antecedent serves to give meaning to a pro-form.

A pro-form often follows its antecedent

Here's an example

The Dwarf who dwelled in the mountains, lost his magic axe.

In this sentence the antecedent is Dwarf , it adds meaning to the pro-noun "who".

The witch appeared by magic to let us know she was running late.

In this sentence the antecedent is witch and the pronoun it refers to is she.


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