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what the heck is a actecedent?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

asked by katie
  1. Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help forum. You need to spell it correctly to find it in the dictionary!

    Main Entry: [1]an·te·ced·ent
    Pronunciation: "an-t&-'sE-d&nt
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin antecedent-, antecedens, from Latin, what precedes, from neuter of antecedent-, antecedens, present participle of antecedere to go before, from ante- + cedere to go
    Date: 14th century
    1 : a substantive word, phrase, or clause whose denotation is referred to by a pronoun (as John in "Mary saw John and called to him"); broadly : a word or phrase replaced by a substitute
    2 : the conditional element in a proposition (as if A in "if A, then B")
    3 : the first term of a mathematical ratio
    4 a : a preceding event, condition, or cause b : plural : the significant events, conditions, and traits of one's earlier life
    5 a : PREDECESSOR; especially : a model or stimulus for later developments b : plural : ANCESTORS, PARENTS

    posted by SraJMcGin
  2. Are you asking about an ANTECEDENT?

    An antecedent is something that comes before another word or event.

    An antecedent of a pronoun is the noun to which the word refers. Consider these examples with the pronoun in bold and the antecedent in italics.

    John is such a great athlete that he won several awards.

    Dana's mother gave her a gift card to Starbucks for her birthday.

    Our cat was an independent animal. She acted as though she did us a favor by living with us.

    posted by Ms. Sue

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