Pronouns Exercise (524)

For each sentence below, choose the correct pronoun.

  • The speaker should rehearse _____ speech.

  • A few of my friends and ____ went to a movie.

  • John and ____ went to the same high school.

  • She is the kind of person ____ you can always count on.

  • The article also notes that Indiana, ____ finally got with the program in 2006, actually saw an increase in energy consumption thanks to the change.

Answers and Explanations

1. The speaker should rehearse his or her speech.

Many people believe that "their" should be used only with a plural noun, though its use with singular nouns is common in conversational speech. Others believe that its use with singular nouns is acceptable if there is no alternative, but alternatives in this case include "Speakers should rehearse their speech" or "One should rehearse one’s speech before presenting it."

2. A few of my friends and I went to a movie.

The pronoun is part of the subject, so it should be in subject form; if the pronoun were part of the object, it would be correct to use "me."

3. John and I went to the same high school.

As in the second example, the pronoun should be a subject pronoun. Reflexive nouns are used only when they refer to another part of speech, as when "myself" pertains to "I" in "I see myself in the mirror."

4. She is the kind of person whom you can always count on.

"Who/whom," not "that," should be used when referring to a person, or omit the pronoun altogether: "She is the kind of person you can always count on."

5. The article also notes that Indiana, which finally got with the program in 2006, actually saw an increase in energy consumption thanks to the change.

"Who" should be used only in references to people.

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