Pronouns are words that are used in place of nouns.

Example: The most common pronoun error involves placing the pronoun too far away from the noun that it is replacing (the antecedent).

Example: The room spun and she had to prop herself against the wall to stay standing.

Unless the person that the word “she” is referring to appears in the previous sentence, the reader might not know to whom the pronoun is referring. Another common mistake is mentioning multiple people and then using a pronoun.

Incorrect: Juan and Steve got out of the car and he got his bag out of the trunk.

Did Juan get the bag, or was it Steve? It isn’t clear.

Correct: Juan and Steve got out of the car and Juan got his bag out of the trunk.