I have read of Concord (or noun-verb agreement) and was wondering if, is as I have been told, there is a similar grammar rule for noun-pronoun agreement/proximity.
When there's a sentence where two nouns are given and a pronoun used, to which noun will the pronoun be assigned?
- Carol visited Mary. Mary is the lady living next door. She had barely eaten that day. Or
- Carol visited Mary. Mary lives next door. She had barely eaten that day.
Are the above sentences even grammatical?
Assuming they are, I am tempted, in the first example, to assign the pronoun to the subject in the preceding sentence, but I'm not absolutely certain because I've heard that the pronoun(just as in noun-verb agreement) should be assigned to the noun closest.
- Carol and Mary had been best friends for years. Until she got sick.
To who does the pronoun refer? Why? Is there any such rule as alluded?