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Despite its covering the entire planet, Earth has a crust that is not

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Aastha2807 wrote:
Hi, the first "it" does not have a clearly mentioned precedent, is the option still considered correct?

Although [u]it[/u] covers the entire planet, Earth's crust is neither seamless nor stationary, but rather

Hi Aastha, this is one of those cases where the pronoun is used before the antecedent.

When a pronoun is used as part of introductory modifier (in this case Although it covers the entire planet), the pronoun (it in this case) refers to the noun immediately after the introductory modifier, in this case Earth's crust.

For example:

Although she knows most of the concepts, Aastha was not aware of this specific pronoun rule. :)

Here, she is unambiguously referring to Aastha.

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses such cases (where Pronoun is used before the antecedent), its application and examples in significant detail. If you or someone is interested, PM me your email-id; I can mail the corresponding section.


This example has totally changed my view on pronouns since whenever I see one, I always REFER BACK (NOT FRONT) to an antecedent.

I already sent you a pm so you can e-mail me your book, but could you also answer for the benefit of others? My question is, when can a pronoun REFER FORWARD to an antecedent? Does this only apply on introductory phrases? or can it apply somewhere else?

Thanks.
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