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Using pronoun before Noun

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New post 15 Feb 2019, 22:59
I have seen some sentences in official questions where pronoun comes before its noun ,and gmat considers this type of usage correct. But I can't remember them now.

Please explain when it is correct to use pronoun before its noun and when it is incorrect to use pronoun before its noun?

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Pronouns are generally used before a noun when the sentence acts as a modifier for that particular pronoun clause:-

for example,

Keeping its ministers together, the political party produced a majority in the parliament. [-ing Modifier ]
Although they tried best to keep the gold ring, the thieves lost the ring because of their negligence .

In the above sentence the usage of pronoun coming before a Noun is correct.

In cases when there can be an error is :

1) When pronoun doesn't agree in number
2) When pronoun doesn't make sense
3) When pronoun has no Noun to be referred

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Would just like to add another point to the above post!

Place holder pronouns can sometimes be used in the start of the sentence. They don't really refer back to anything, but are essential in the sentence to convey the intended meaning.

Take a look at this official correct answer choice -
It was only after Katharine Graham became publisher of The Washington Post in 1963 that it moved into the first rank of American newspapers, and it was under her command that the paper won high praises.

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Hi RashedVai, there are two most prominent cases when pronoun is used before a Noun:

i) Certain cases of "it".

For example: It is unethical to lie.

Here pronoun it is referring to the infinitive to lie. So, the way to read this sentence is:

(to lie) is unethical.

ii) When a pronoun is used as part of introductory modifier

For example: While he worked hard, Peter could not score well.

Here, the pronoun he refers to the noun Peter.

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