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Pronominalization is the use of a pronoun instead of a noun.

Pronominalization is appropriate when the noun in an embedded clause (a constituent part of another clause) is identical to the noun in the matrix clause (which contains the embedded clause). In referring to the noun in the matrix clause, pronominalization is often used. Look at these examples where the noun in the matrix clauses (bolded) is replaced by the pronoun it in the embedded clauses (italicized):

  • He steered clear of the danger that manifested itself as the individual wanting more credit than he or she could afford to repay [it].
  • This is way harder than I expected [it to be].
  • He was suddenly worried that he’d allowed their silence to have made the situation worse than he had calculated [it].
  • He knew that the amount would be a hard thing for them to figure [it] out.

SUMMARY/OBSERVATIONS: When pronominalization is used in an embedded clause, the pronoun is usually omitted. Notice also that each of the verb preceding the pronoun is always transitive.

Garie McIntosh
Garie McIntosh
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