Pronouns Exercise (340)

Choose the pronoun form that fits the context in each of the following sentences.

  • Between you, __, and the gatepost, I don’t believe a word he says in his campaign ads.

  • Sharon explained that ___ and her sister Mary had put down money on a house before they lost their jobs.

  • Rita is extremely reliable; we know that we can always count on Juan, Carlos and ___ when we need volunteers.

  • I explained to the officer that __ and my husband were not familiar with the local traffic laws.

  • The inexperienced hikers lost ___ way in the woods.

Answers and Explanations

1. Between you, me, and the gatepost, I don’t believe a word he says in his campaign ads.

The object form "me" is correct because "me" is the object of the preposition "between."

2. Sharon explained that she and her sister Mary had put down money on a house before they lost their jobs.

The nominative form "she" is required because the pronoun is part of the subject of the verb "had put down."

3. Rita is extremely reliable; we know that we can always count on Juan, Carlos and her when we need volunteers.

The object form "her" is required because it is part of the direct object of "can count on."

4. I explained to the officer that I and my husband were not familiar with the local traffic laws.

The subject form "I" is needed because it is part of the compound subject of the verb "were." A better word order would be "my husband and I were not familiar with."

5. The inexperienced hikers lost their way in the woods.

The possessive adjective "their" agrees with the plural noun "hikers." The gender of the hikers is irrelevant.

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