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A pronoun takes the place of a noun or refers back to a noun. There are two types of pronouns:

Personal pronoun

"In grammar, a word such as 'I', 'you' and 'they' which refers to a person in speech or in writing." (from Cambridge Dictionary Online)

Relative pronoun

"A pronoun such as which, who or that which is used to begin a relative clause. In the sentence, 'The woman who I met was wearing a brown hat', 'who' is a relative pronoun." (from Cambridge Dictionary Online)

A relative clause is "part of a sentence which cannot exist independently and which describes a noun which comes before it in the main part of the sentence: In the sentence 'The woman who I met was wearing a brown hat', 'who I met' is a relative clause."
(from Cambridge Dictionary Online)

Please see the linked page below for information on using that versus which, or who versus whom. After you've read that resource, if you'd like to practice your understanding of relative pronouns, please visit "Relative Pronouns Review".

Pronoun considerations

When working with pronouns, there are 4 things to consider:

  1. Are you using the correct case?
  2. Do you have the correct number agreement?
  3. Do you have the correct agreement in the point-of-view?
  4. Are you using vague pronouns? 

For more information on each of these points, please refer to the links below.

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