Nouns and their pronouns make another set of teammates who must agree not only on the direction in which they are going to run, but on the type of play they are going to use to score a point. That is, they need to agree on two things:
For example, the following sentences do not make sense since the pronouns do not agree with their nouns in number (1st sentence) or gender (2nd sentence):
The sentences do make sense when the pronoun gender and number is straightened out:
It's simple, right? Yet there are two major stumbling blocks with noun-pronoun agreement:
Exercise 4: Noun-Pronoun Agreement
You know that "each department head" and "everybody" do actually refer to more than one person, but they function as singular nouns because of their wording--they contain special words such as "each" and "every" that make them act as singular nouns, thus requiring singular pronouns. Sometimes, you can avoid an awkward-sounding singular pronoun by rewriting the sentence by using a simple plural noun and pronoun. For example:
Monday is the day when the department heads in Marketing activate their voice mail; it's all-day meeting day. The following words make a noun or pronoun singular:
You need to use singular pronoun forms with these words. So if the trick singular refers to a group of mixed gender, you need to use "he or she" or "his or her" in order to be correct. ("They"--moving from singular to plural--is incorrect here.)
Exercise 2a: Agreement with Trick Singulars - Basic
You can not use a pronoun to replace a noun if the replacement is not clear.
In cases such as these, you need to clarify the sentence by using a noun instead of a pronoun. Remember, never substitute a pronoun for a noun if the person, place, or thing to which the pronoun refers is unclear.