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cataphora


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In speaking or writing, the use of a pronoun or other word to refer forward to something mentioned later in a sentence or linguistic expression. In the sentence When I was questioned, this is what I told the police: I heard a loud argument at about midnight, the word this exemplifies cataphora, because it refers forward to I heard a loud argument at about midnight. See also deixis. Compare anaphora. cataphoric adj. [From Greek kata down + pherein to carry]

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