The second BE THE EDITOR post on my Lucent Edits Facebook page is seen in this picture. I asked the following question: “What makes this sentence ‘disagreeable’?”
This is an example of pronoun-antecedent agreement. You can find much about this all over the internet. My favourite site is Grammar Girl. She rocks my Grammar-verse (a universe for grammar geeks).
When it comes to pronoun-antecedent agreement, the thing that writers and editors pay attention to is whether a noun is singular or plural and whether the pronoun that refers back to the noun is singular or plural.
Whoa! Did that just knock a few cells loose? Let’s do a visual.
The pronoun and antecedent should be either both plural or both singular. (The Copy Editor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn has pages of situations where this isn’t the case, but that is fairly advanced grammar. We’ll get there ... in time.)
In this case, Kingsolver Insurance Company is one entity and, therefore, singular. The company is acting as one company when it makes the announcement. Individual managers are not doing the announcing.
I hope that helps clear up some questions about Be The Editor's second post and about pronoun-antecedent agreement! ;-)
Meet the Editor
I'm Coreen, and I am a copy editor, writer, instructor, digital marketer, and student of PR and Communications for organizations doing positive work in the world.