Exercise 4: Noun-Pronoun Agreement

Choose the appropriate word in the sentences.

Question 1

Mr. Banks and Ms. Cutler are selling (his/her/their) stock in the construction company.

his

Incorrect.

"Their" is correct. The noun is plural (two people-- Mr.Banks and Ms. Cutler), so it requires the plural pronoun "their."

"Mr. Banks and Ms. Cutler are selling their stock in the construction company."

her

Incorrect.

"Their" is correct. The noun is plural (two people-- Mr.Banks and Ms. Cutler), so it requires the plural pronoun "their."

"Mr. Banks and Ms. Cutler are selling their stock in the construction company."

their

Correct.

"Their" is correct. The noun is plural (two people-- Mr.Banks and Ms. Cutler), so it requires the plural pronoun "their."

"Mr. Banks and Ms. Cutler are selling their stock in the construction company."

Question 2

Neither my mother nor yours would give us (her/their) permission to go cross country on a motorcycle.

her

Correct.

"Her" is correct; "neither" is a "trick singular." Although there are two peple here, the noun functions as a singular noun because of the trick-singular word "neither."?

Neither my mother nor yours would give us (her/their) permission to go cross country on a motorcycle.

their

Incorrect.

"Her" is correct; "neither" is a "trick singular." Although there are two peple here, the noun functions as a singular noun because of the trick-singular word "neither."?

Neither my mother nor yours would give us (her/their) permission to go cross country on a motorcycle.

Question 3

Jane Roberts is my friend and mentor; (she/they) answers all my questions.

she

Correct.

"She" is correct, because it is a singular, feminine pronoun that takes the place of the singular, feminine noun "Jane Roberts." Note that you also need to change "answer" to "answers" in order to have the verb agree with the singular noun.

"Jane Roberts is my friend and mentor; she answers all my questions."

they

Incorrect.

"She" is correct, because it is a singular, feminine pronoun that takes the place of the singular, feminine noun "Jane Roberts." Note that you also need to change "answer" to "answers" in order to have the verb agree with the singular noun.

"Jane Roberts is my friend and mentor; she answers all my questions."

Question 4

I wrote the letter (ourselves/myself/yourself).

ourselves

Incorrect.

"Myself" is correct, because the subject is first person and singular.

"I wrote the letter myself."

myself

Correct.

"Myself" is correct, because the subject is first person and singular.

"I wrote the letter myself."

yourself

Incorrect.

"Myself" is correct, because the subject is first person and singular.

"I wrote the letter myself."

Question 5

When I came into the apartment Sal was singing "I'm going to sit right down and write (myself/herself/yourself) a letter."

myself

Correct.

"Myself" is correct, because the subject is first person and singular.

"When I came into the apartment Sal was singing "I'm going to sit right down and write myself a letter."

herself

Incorrect.

"Myself" is correct, because the subject is first person and singular.

"When I came into the apartment Sal was singing "I'm going to sit right down and write myself a letter."

yourself

Incorrect.

"Myself" is correct, because the subject is first person and singular.

"When I came into the apartment Sal was singing "I'm going to sit right down and write myself a letter."

 

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