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?