Pronouns are words that refer to a previously mentioned (a group of) person or object.

In Automated Feedback, the Pronouns criterion detects the presence of personal pronouns.

Personal pronouns refer to people.

Why should I avoid certain pronouns?

Second-person pronouns

The use of second-person pronouns is generally unacceptable in academic writing.

First-person pronouns

The use of first-person pronouns depends on the context of your writing, the academic style you follow, and your academic discipline.

In some styles, like APA, using first-person pronouns is acceptable and recommended in certain situations. In others like Chicago and MLA, there are no guidelines.

How do I write with the correct pronouns?

When unsure, ask your instructor what they prefer in your assignment.

Automated Feedback can help you adhere to your instructor’s preferences.

Would you like to learn more about personal pronouns in academic writing? Check out these resources:

APA: First-person pronouns

APA: Singular “they”

OWL: Pronouns

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