Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement Supplemental Worksheet
Directions: Below is an excerpt from the newspaper article, “The Girl in the Wndow” by Lane
DeGregory. Numerous errors in pronoun-antecedent agreement have been added. For this
assignment, identify and correct all errors in pronoun antecedent agreement.
The family had lived in their rundown rental house for almost three years when someone
got their first glimpse of a child's face in the window.
A little girl, pale, with dark eyes, lifted a dirty blanket above the broken glass and peered
out, one neighbor remembered.
Many a neighbor knew a woman lived in the house with her boyfriend and two adult sons
and had offered their help. But he/she had never seen a child there, had never noticed anyone
playing in the overgrown yard.
The girl looked young, 5 or 6, and thin. Too thin. Her cheeks seemed sunken; her eyes
The child stared into the square of sunlight, then slipped away.
Months went by. Some of the people said they never saw her face again.
Just before noon on July 13, 2005, a Plant City police car pulled up outside that shattered
window. Two officers went into the house — and one stumbled back out.
Clutching his stomach, the rookie retched in the weeds.
Plant City Detective Mark Holste had been on the force for 18 years when he and his
young partner were sent to the house on Old Sydney Road to stand by during a child abuse
investigation. Someone had finally called the police squad and they sent their...