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Using Pronouns Correctly

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A(n) _______________ pronoun does not clearly refer to a specific antecedent.

vague

An intensive pronoun

c. emphasizes the noun it references.

When the person performing the action in the sentence is also the object of the sentence, the writer should use a _____________ pronoun that ends in the suffix -self or -selves.

reflexive

Which sentence uses a reciprocal pronoun correctly?

b. Giovanna and Saleem peer edit each other’s stories.

Read the sentence.

The band members came to the hospital to visit a sick fan.

Which intensive pronoun would emphasize the subject band members in the sentence?

d. themselves

Which pronouns act as the object in a sentence? Check all that apply.

a. her b. me e. us

Read the sentence.

Leonie jogged through the cool morning mist.

What type of pronoun should the writer replace Leonie with?

d. subjective

Read the sentence.

After Hannah talked to Emma, she decided to run for student council.

Which revision corrects the vague pronoun error?

c. After she talked to Emma, Hannah decided to run for student council.

Read the sentence.

Nikita would like to know which car belongs to Yosef and Taiga.

Which sentence revision correctly uses a possessive pronoun?

a. Nikita would like to know which car is theirs.

To avoid vague pronouns and pronoun shifts, the writer should make sure that all pronouns

d. match their antecedents.

A writer should use a reciprocal pronoun when

b. two or more subjects of the sentence are also objects.

In which sentence does the writer use the pronoun correctly?

c. Videos are a good way for us musicians to be noticed.

Which sentence contains a pronoun shift error?

b. If a singer wants to join the chorus, they have to audition.

Read the sentence.

We decided to audition for the television show.

How should the writer revise the sentence to correctly include a reflexive pronoun?

c. We decided to audition for the television show ourselves.

Read the sentence.

By sharing the work between us, Misaki and me created a dragon so unique that it was immediately recognizable as ours.

How can the writer revise the pronoun error in the sentence?

b. by changing me to I

Read the sentences.

Rahul and Ori sorted through all the video games that were theirs. After counting it, Ori realized that between them, they had all the games in the series.

Which revision corrects the pronoun error in the sentence?

b. Rahul and Ori sorted through all the video games that were theirs. After counting them, Ori realized that between them, they had all the games in the series.

When a pronoun does not agree in number or person with an antecedent that appears earlier in the sentence, what kind of error occurs?

b. a pronoun shift error

Read the sentence.

They asked about the bike, and I told them it was mine.

Which pronoun did the writer use to show possession?

d. mine

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