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    Exclamation "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    As we know, 'ours' is a pronoun and we use pronoun to avoid repeating noun, and pronoun always refers to its antecedent, but in the following example there is no antecedent.
    Could anyone explain why we use pronoun here ?
    Can we use 'Our marriage was a very happy one" or 'Our marriage was a very happy mariage'.

    "Ours was a very happy marriage."
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    Re: "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    Pronouns do not have to refer to an antecedent if what is denoted by the pronoun comes in close proximity: As he entered the room, Luke felt all eyes turn towards him.


    Your original sentence is fine, as are your alternatives, though Our marriage was a very unhappy marriage' repeats 'marriage' unnecessarily. 'One' would be better.

    in the following example there is no antecedent.
    It wasn't a 'following' example. You just need 'in this/that example'.

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    Re: "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    If you weren't satisfied with my response, you could have asked a follow-up question rather than posting the same question, with the same misuse of 'following', here.

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    Re: "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If you weren't satisfied with my response, you could have asked a follow-up question rather than posting the same question, with the same misuse of 'following', here.
    Please don't take it offense! But because of my poor English, I couldn't understand what you said.It was so hard to understand it.


    Thanks anyway for your respond.

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    #5

    Re: "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    We were happily married would work without any repetition.

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    #6

    Re: "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    "Ours is a very happy marriage".

    I'd say that "ours" does have an antecedent, i.e. the noun "marriage" which occurs later in the clause, so we understand "ours" to mean "our marriage". Other than the location of the antecedent, it's really no different to "Kim and Ed have a difficult marriage, but I'm please to say that ours is very happy", where again "ours" has "marriage" as antecedent.

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    Re: "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    I agree that 'ours' refers to 'marriage', but I don't see how we can call it an antecedent when it comes after the noun.

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    #8

    Re: "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    We generally use the term "antecedent" whether it precedes or follows the pronoun.

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    Re: "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    I don't.

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    Re: "Ours was a very happy marriage."

    The info HERE might be of interest, particularly "Ensure your pronouns have an unambiguous antecedent that is both before and near the pronoun" (page 1), and "... make sure the antecedent comes first" (page 2, under "Problem 2: Anticipatory Reference").
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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