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Grammar Practice Exercises 3 (page 3)

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Updated on Sep 28, 2011

Practice Set 4

Choose the sentence that is the most clearly written and has the best construction.

  1.  
    1. Although I'm old enough, I don't drink.
    2. I don't drink, even though I'm old enough.
    3. I'm old enough, although I don't drink.
    4. Being old enough, I don't drink.
  2.  
    1. When it won't rain, the sky was full of clouds.
    2. Since the sky was full of clouds, it wouldn't rain.
    3. It won't rain because the sky is full of clouds.
    4. The sky is full of clouds, yet it won't rain.
  3.  
    1. In search of the missing teenagers, who still had not been found through snake-ridden underbrush all day, the exhausted volunteers had struggled.
    2. All day the exhausted volunteers had struggled through snake-ridden underbrush in search of the missing teenagers, who still had not been found.
    3. All day the exhausted volunteers had struggled through snake-ridden underbrush who still had not been found in searching for the missing teenagers.
    4. The exhausted volunteers who still had not found in search of the missing teenagers when they had struggled through snake-ridden underbrush.
  4.  
    1. One New York publisher have estimated that 50,000 to 60,000 people in the United States want an anthology that includes the complete works of William Shakespeare.
    2. One New York publisher has estimated that 50,000 to 60,000 people in the United States want a anthology that includes the complete works of William Shakespeare.
    3. One New York publisher has estimated that 50,000 to 60,000 people in the United States want an anthology that includes the complete works of William Shakespeare.
    4. One New York publisher has estimated that 50,000 to 60,000 people in the United States want an anthology that included the complete works of William Shakespeare.

Answers

  1. b.   The correct form of the pronoun is me (objective case).
  2. c.   The correct pronoun is who, because it refers to a person, and it is the subject form of who (not the object form, whom), because who is doing something, making candied figs.
  3. b.   The pronoun agrees in number with the noun to which it refers.
  4. b.   The antecedent, George and Michael, is plural, so the plural pronoun their is the correct choice.
  5. c.   The pronoun that agrees in number with the noun to which it refers, hat.
  6. c.   The pronoun them agrees with the plural noun flowers.
  7. d.   She and I is the subject of the sentence, so the subjective case is needed.
  8. a.   The possessive case is used before the word taking, because it functions like a noun in this sentence.
  9. b.   There are two potential problems in this sentence: 1) the grammatical agreement between the nouns Kendra or Zoë and the pronoun her; and 2) the formation of the verb to bring. In choice b both of these are correct. Because the sentence reads Kendra or Zoë, the pronoun must be singular; only one of them brought the volleyball. Brought is the past tense of bring. Choice a is wrong because the pronoun their is plural. Choice c is wrong because there is not a correct pronoun. Choices d and e are incorrect because brang is not the past tense of bring.
  10. a.   This choice is the only one that uses the proper form of possessive pronouns.
  11. c.   Person is singular, but their is plural. The correct answer, choice c, is singular.
  12. e.   This is the only choice that displays agreement between the subject and verb and between the pronoun and its antecedent.
  13. d.   When the relationship between a pronoun and its antecedent is unclear, as it is in this sentence, it should be changed to avoid ambiguity. There are two boys, Andre and Robert, and choice d makes the relationship clear: Robert's family moved, and not Andre's family.
  14. c.   The word I should be replaced with the word me, because the pronoun is the object, not the subject.
  15. d.   There are no errors.
  16. d.   There are no errors.
  17. c.   The correct pronoun is I, not me.
  18. b.   The contraction who's is incorrect. The correct usage is the possessive whose.
  19. b.   This sentence contains a shift in number. Bears is a plural noun, so the clause should read: they were growling.
  20. d.   There are no errors.
  21. c.   The contraction Three's, which means Three is, is the correct usage.
  22. a.   The correct usage is the possessive theirs, not there's.
  23. a.   Either is incorrect. Use either with or and neither with nor.
  24. a.   The pronoun him is incorrect. He should be used because you and he are the subjects of the dependent clause.
  25. b.   The contraction You're should be replaced with the possessive Your.
  26. c.   This sentence makes a shift in person. It should read: The committee members should work as hard as they can.
  27. d.   There are no errors.
  28. d.   There are no errors.
  29. b.   Choice a is similar, but it begins with a dependent clause. The other choices are not logical.
  30. d.   These sentences show cause and effect, but only choice d makes logical sense.
  31. b.   This is the only choice that is clear and unambiguous. All the other choices contain misplaced modifiers, resulting in unclear and illogical statements.
  32. c.   This is the only choice that is grammatically correct. Choices a and d use the verbs incorrectly. Choice b uses a instead of an before anthology.
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