An antecedent is a word or phrase that is mentioned again but replaced with a pronoun. The pronoun usually comes after the antecedent.
- Harry said that he will be late.
(antecedent/Harry – pronoun/he)
- I like Jane very much. She visits me every week.
Sometimes the antecedent is not specifically mentioned, but it will be understood from the context.
- Please hide these from my mum.
(These may talk about some flowers as a present for mum.)
- It isn’t very good is it?