Languages › French Antecedents and Pronouns: French Pronunciation of and Grammar Glossary Share Flipboard Email Print Artur Debat / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated May 15, 2019 An antecedent is the previously mentioned or implied word, phrase, or clause that a pronoun replaces. The pronoun typically agrees with the antecedent in gender, number, and/or grammatical function. Pronouns Agree With Their Antecedents Pronouns are words that stand in for nouns. There are many different kinds of pronouns, but they can be divided into two main categories: personal (je, tu, il, nous, vous, ils), which changes according to the grammatical person it represents; and impersonal (adverbial, demonstrative, indefinite demonstrative, indefinites, interrogatives, negatives, possessives, relatives and indefinite relatives). The latter range from the adverbial y and en to the demonstrative celui, celle, ceux, celles and the popular relative pronoun (qui, que, lequel, dont, and oú), which links a dependent clause to a main clause and may replace a subject, direct object, indirect object or preposition. Examples Pronouns and their antecedents, with which each pronoun agrees in form or function, are bolded. Nous regardons la télé.We are watching TV. J'ai acheté un livre. Il a été écrit en 1999.I bought a book. It was written in 1999. Je lui parle.I'm talking to him. Si nous allons faire un gâteau, nous devons le faire maintenant.If we're going to make a cake, we need to do it now. Je lui parle.I'm talking to him. Je cherche l'artiste. Il étudie à Paris.I'm looking for the artist. He's studying in Paris.Je cherche l'artiste qui étudie à Paris.I'm looking for the artist who's studying in Paris.