Who is “she”?

Elizabeth told Amanda that she had a problem. Who had a problem?

(Photo taken from the Grammarly Facebook Page)

One of my past editing instructors loved giving us grammar lessons about pronoun usage and why placement matters, so this issue has been drilled into my brain! I saw this on Facebook today and thought it was a great example.

Technically, Amanda has the problem because pronouns refer to the closest preceding noun, no matter what type of noun it is. But, I would bet most people would answer the question in this meme as Elizabeth having the problem. I guess we’ll never know. This is why being clear and using proper grammar is so important!

Oh, and the best snarky answer from the Facebook comments? “The reader.” 🙂

P.S., Grammerly is one of my favorite go-to sites for all things grammar. See their updated website at https://www.grammarly.com/.

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