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    Antecedents and pronouns

    As I was writing a narrative exposition, I noticed a phrase that I had written down for the assignment.

    "If I tell you to wash the dishes, you are going to do it."

    Is this correct? I know antecedents precede the pronoun, but I wouldn't know in the case of the sentence if it translates as "You are going to do it if I tell you to wash the dishes."

    Also, I wanted to ask if the verb I used after 'you' is correct. If not, would it be "If I tell you to wash the dishes, you will do it."
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    Re: Antecedents and pronouns

    First, I suggest you say "a phrase that I had written down." To pen is generally used, if at all, to refer to creative writing rather than to the act of writing per se.

    Note in your third sentence that you meant to type prounoun, not ​pronounce.

    You can write either you are going to do it or you will do it in your sentence. Will is, I think, a little more imperative than are going to.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Jan-2016 at 23:00. Reason: Fixing typo.
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    Re: Antecedents and pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by infinity42 View Post
    As I was writing a narrative exposition, I noticed a phrase that I had written down for the assignment.

    "If I tell you to wash the dishes, you are going to do it."

    Is this correct? I know antecedents precede the pronoun, but I wouldn't know in the case of the sentence if it translates as "You are going to do it if I tell you to wash the dishes."

    Also, I wanted to ask if the verb I used after 'you' is correct. If not, would it be "If I tell you to wash the dishes, you will do it."
    That last sentence is a question.

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    Re: Antecedents and pronouns

    I apologize. I was actually wondering about that. Would you place the question mark inside the quotation marks or outside of them?

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    Re: Antecedents and pronouns

    It is not good manners to edit a post after someone has commented on it when it makes the person's comment, or part of it, seem irrelevant. Please don't do that in future.
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    Re: Antecedents and pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by infinity42 View Post
    I apologize. I was actually wondering about that. Would you place the question mark inside the quotation marks or outside of them?
    In this case, outside.

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