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“It is the duty of pronouns to be not wild but tamed, that is, tied down; yet their natural tendency is toward the jungle.” Jacques Barzun

“Every pronoun necessarily has an antecedent. Which person or thing in the sentence that antecedent is must be immediately clear to the reader.” Jacques Barzun

“… ‘which’ is the pronoun most likely to go wild.” Jacques Barzun