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7.11: Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement

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    7110
  • Practice 1

    Remember:

    1. Neither, either, and each are singular.
    2. Words ending in "one," "body," and "thing" are also singular.
    3. A collective noun is singular if the group acts as one unit, plural if the members of the group act as individuals.

    Directions: Choose the correct pronoun in the following sentences.

    1. Each of the daughters followed (her, their) mother's footsteps.
    2. Neither of the actors could remember (his, their) lines correctly.
    3. Everyone complained that (his/her, their) food was cold.
    4. Neither of my sisters remembered to purchase (her, their) tickets.
    5. Late in the evening, the jury finally reached (its, their) verdict.
    6. The captains of both teams forgot the words of wisdom that (his, his or her, their) coaches had given the night before the championship.
    7. Every student should proof (his or her, their) essay for Type I errors.
    8. All of my brothers earned (his, their) degrees from Florida State University.
    9. Almost everyone was surprised when (he or she, they) heard the news.
    10. Everybody on the voyage complained that (he or she, they) were suffering from food poisoning.
    Answer:

    Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement - Practice 1-Answer Key

    Practice 2

    Directions: Choose the correct pronoun in the following sentences.

    1. Neither Clarissa nor Aleah wore (her, their) own dresses to the prom.
    2. Someone in your ENGL 1101 class called and left (his, their) phone number.
    3. McDonnell-Douglas recently published (its, their) report on the newly improved Tomahawk missile.
    4. One of the cashiers thinks that (her, their) boss has been transferred to a different location.
    5. Many of the students at Dalton State College find that school pressures affect (his or her, their) relationships at home.
    6. Each of the candidates gave (his or her, their) speech at the Civic Center.
    7. Having an obsessive-compulsive personality, Laura likes to have everything in (its, their) place before she goes to sleep at night.
    8. Either of the women who parked illegally will soon find that (her, their) car has been towed.
    9. Either my brothers or my uncle will fail to purchase (his, their) tickets in time to receive a discount.
    10. Either my brother or my uncles will fail to purchase (his, their) tickets in time to receive a discount.
    Answer:

    Pronoun/Antecedent - Practice 2 Answer Key

    References

    • Dr. Mary Nielsen, Dean of the Dalton State College School of Liberal Arts.
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