English Grammar: Cataphora

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Definition:

Words or phrases like pronouns are cataphora when they point forwards to something later on in the text:

As he was unaccustomed to it, Jake found the pressure very hard to deal with.

Here, it is cataphoric because it refers forwards to the noun pressure.

See Also:

Anaphora; Deixis; Endophora; Exophora

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