Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. HaraKiriBlade's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Apr 2005
    • Posts: 449
    #1

    Use of pronoun

    1st person narrator is a character in a story that narrates it.
    Would this be a correct sentence construction? would you understand that 'it' refers to 'the story'?

    - HKB


    • Join Date: Jun 2004
    • Posts: 1,369
    #2

    Re: Use of pronoun

    Sounds a bit awkward to me.
    I would say:
    "The first person narrator is a character whose perspective is shared with the reader, so that the latter discovers the story through the eyes and thoughts of the former."

    My suggested sentence may be even more awkward, come to that.

  2. HaraKiriBlade's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Apr 2005
    • Posts: 449
    #3

    Re: Use of pronoun

    I don't think your sentence is awkward at all.

    Having said that, I wanted to know if my use of pronoun (it) was ok and if it was referring to the proper anticedent.

    I could've easily written something like "1st person narrator is a character in a story that narrates the story, in which the character would refer to him/herself in the first person 'I'," which is still awkward but explains more than what I wrote before.

    It's just that using 'a / the story' twice in one sentence sounded redundant and I wanted to use 'it' for the second one, but even then it sounded strange.

    Thanks for your input though, Francois.

  3. Noego's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 583
    #4

    Re: Use of pronoun

    I could've easily written something like "1st person narrator is a character in a story that narrates the story, in which the character would refer to him/herself in the first person 'I'," which is still awkward but explains more than what I wrote before.
    You could've. But the repetitive use of "story" hampers your style.

    How about:

    "The story is narrated in the first person, thus "1st person narrator."

Similar Threads

  1. Exception to the rule? Omission of relative pronoun
    By Federerexpress in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 23-Jan-2010, 14:57
  2. "Hu," from "human," as a pronoun
    By Mike Epstein in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 26-Nov-2007, 08:49
  3. The missing possessive pronoun
    By mitzeljh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 24-Feb-2007, 17:53
  4. pronoun reference or pronoun agreement
    By asheleylenae@yahoo.com in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Sep-2006, 19:51
  5. pronoun
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 29-Nov-2004, 11:26

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •