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Choose the option that best corrects the underlined word.
When he visited New York, he invited a vast number of friends to call on him in his room.
Since he is inviting friends to the room rented by him, the possessive form of "he" should be used to indicate the ownership of the room, which is "his". Hence, the sentence is correct and Option D is appropriate. The rest of the options do not adhere to this rule, hence, incorrect.
Choose the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.
A letterbox is a narrow opening in a door through ______ mail is delivered
A) It is used to represent a noun in the neuter gender.
B) That is a pronoun which is used to refer to nouns in general.
C) Which is a pronoun which is used to represent only things.
D) Where is a pronoun which is used to refer to a position of a noun.
Since the most accurate pronoun is which, it is the correct answer.
Complete the sentence with an appropriate word from the given options.
The rich lady sat by _____ for some time.
Pronouns are words that replace nouns that have been mentioned before, to avoid repetition. There are many types of pronouns, one of them being the reflexive pronoun. A compound personal pronoun is formed by adding -self to personal pronouns my, your, him, her and -selves for plural pronouns your, our, them and so on. When an action done by the subject turns back (reflects) upon the subject, that compound personal pronoun is called a reflexive pronoun. In the given sentence, "The rich lady" is a subject as it performs an action "sat", she sat alone for some time, the term 'by+reflexive pronoun' means 'with no one else present'. Option A is correct, as the rich lady is of the feminine gender, 'her' is a personal pronoun suitable for her and 'herself' is the suitable reflexive pronoun that completes the phrase 'by herself'. Option B is incorrect, as 'himself' is used for the masculine gender, whereas the lady is mentioned here. Option C is incorrect as 'themselves' refers to a plural noun, whereas the 'lady' is a singular noun. Option D is incorrect, 'yourself' is from the second person point of view, it refers to the listener with whom the speaker is speaking, whereas 'lady' is in the third person point of view.
In the following question, pick the option that best fills in the blank to complete the sentence logically and correctly.
A poor man ______ I knew nursed the orphan.
The rule for using who and whom is the following:
Use who when you can replace the noun/pronoun with he.
Use whom when you can replace the noun/pronoun with him.
In the given sentence, we may use 'he' to give: 'A poor man he knew nursed the orphan.' So, the correct answer is D) whom.
'Which' is not used for people.
Which word is the relative pronoun ? The birds that have the strongest talons are birds of prey, such as falcons.
In the above sentence relative pronoun is "that"
Fill in the blanks with a suitable option:
When Mary said to the dog, "Stop wagging your tail", ______ started wagging ______ tail faster.
Here, the sentence talks about Mary and her dog. The pronoun used for an animal when the gender is not known is 'it' and 'its'. So, the correct answer is option C).
Option A) 'you, your' are used as personal second person pronouns and cannot be used here. Option B) 'she, hers' is used to refer to a third person female and is incorrect in the given context. Option D) 'they, their' is third person pronoun used for a group of people and is also incorrect.
Choose the option that best corrects the statement at the underlined point:
Living in London has its advantages, but they also have a high cost of living.
An antecedent is a word for which a pronoun stands (ante = "before"). The pronoun must agree with its antecedent in number. Rule: A singular pronoun must replace a singular noun; a plural pronoun must replace a plural noun. Here, the antecedent is 'London' which is a singular noun. Hence, we need a singular pronoun, 'It'. 'One' is also a singular pronoun but it refers to people, not places.
Correct the sentence at the underlined point.
Working with animals requires sensitivity to their complex behaviour and emotions.
An antecedent is a word for which a pronoun stands (ante = "before"). The pronoun must agree with its antecedent in number. Rule: A singular pronoun must replace a singular noun; a plural pronoun must replace a plural noun. The antecedent here is 'animals' which is plural, so we need a plural pronoun. Hence, the correct answer is D.
Identify the error in the sentence at the underlined point:
The fair-haired lady and the dark-haired lady walked into the shop, but only she came out with a bag of purchases. [Advanced]
Though the sentence speaks of 2 people, it concludes with only one person's actions. The word 'she' leaves unclear which of the two people is being spoken of. Therefore, 'she' needs to be replaced with 'the fair- haired lady', which makes clear exactly who came out with a bag. Hence, the correct answer is B) The fair-haired lady.
Correct the sentence at the underlined point.
Jack informed Henry that his coat was missing a button. [Intermediate]
The sentence requires 'his' to be replaced with a noun to make it clear whose button is missing. Hence, the correct option is B) Henry's.
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