An antecedent is the word (or words) that a pronoun refers to.
The word antecedent means to go before in Latin. It gets its name from the idea that a pronoun refers to something previously mentioned in the sentence. Look at this example:
More Examples of AntecedentsHere are some more examples of antecedents of pronouns:
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Click on the antecedent of the shaded pronoun.
(In this test, all words in the noun phrase are accepted.)