That headline is a bit strong, but I want to keep the title to this post short.
- I generally recommend against pronouns altogether because your reader might not understand what word (called the antecedent, by the way) the pronoun is referring to. Do a search on “pronoun” in the upper right corner of this page to find several more posts on the subject of avoiding pronouns.
- I also tell you not to use false subjects, one of which is “It is.” See also “There is” and “There are.” Make your sentences name the guilty party!
Here’s a comic that illustrates a point I made in that post about false subjects; the weather can have a false subject:
Mr. Bucket’s hair looks funny drawn from the back.