Today’s Topic: Pronoun or Adjective?
Sentence: THESE are important findings for determining the direction of future research.
Edited Sentence: THESE FINDINGS are important for determining the direction of future research.
Explanation: The word “these” can be used as a pronoun or an adjective. When used as a pronoun, it should replace a noun. When used as an adjective, it should describe a noun. In the sample sentence above, the word “these” is being used to identify the findings the author just described.
Therefore, when editing the sentence, I rearranged it to place the adjective in front of the noun it describes so that the reader doesn’t have look to the previous sentence or the remainder of the current sentence to locate the noun that “theses” replaces.
When editing your academic documents, be sure to you properly use words that can function in more than one capacity.
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