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Definition: A pronoun is a word used in place of a noun or a noun phrase (also called the pronoun's antecedent.) Common types of errors with pronouns are:
1. Lack of agreement between the pronoun and antecedent. (Ex: A good student knows how to study for their tests.)
2. Inappropriate shifts in person. (Ex: When one feels sad, you feel like you’ve got a weight on your shoulders)
3. Incorrect pronoun form. (Ex: I know my own thoughts.)
4. Ambiguous or unclear pronoun reference. (Ex: He said that he was going to go to his house.)

Directions: Edit the following sentences to correct pronoun errors. From the lettered choices following each numbered exercise, identify the revision that correctly revises the sentence.

Even though us Johnson boys all work in the family business, we're all so busy that we seldom see one another.
A)Even though us Johnson boys all work in the family business, we're all so busy that we seldom see one another.
B)Even though we Johnson boys all work in the family business, we all so busy that we seldom see one another.
C)Even though we Johnson boys all work in the family business, we're all so busy that we seldom see one another.
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Last year, several of my friends and me went to a good restaurant to celebrate Thanksgiving. It was a very pleasant afternoon. The manager of the restaurant had a private dining room for us.
A)Last year, several of my friends and me went to a good restaurant to celebrate Thanksgiving. It was a very pleasant afternoon. The manager of the restaurant had a private dining room for us.
B)Last year, several of my friends and I went to a good restaurant to celebrate Thanksgiving. It was a very pleasant afternoon. The manager of the restaurant had a private dining room for us.
C)Last year, several of my friends and I went to a good restaurant to celebrate Thanksgiving. It was a very pleasant afternoon. The manager of the restaurant had a private dining room for them.
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The waitresses were excellent and cheerful, too, considering that they had to work on a holiday. She even provided a colour television set so that we could watch the CFL football games as you ate our meal. We stuffed ourselves and had a most enjoyable time.
A)The waitresses were excellent and cheerful, too, considering that they had to work on a holiday. She even provided a colour television set so that we could watch the CFL football games as you ate our meal. We stuffed ourselves and had a most enjoyable time.
B)The waitresses were excellent and cheerful, too, considering that she had to work on a holiday. They even provided a colour television set so that you could watch the CFL football games as you ate your meal. We stuffed ourselves and had a most enjoyable time.
C)The waitresses were excellent and cheerful, too, considering that they had to work on a holiday. The manager even provided a colour television set so that we could watch the CFL football games as we ate our meal. We stuffed ourselves and had a most enjoyable time
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However, during the following week, as I reflected on the day's events, we realized that something had been missing from this particular Thanksgiving.
A)However, during the following week, as I reflected on the day's events, we realized that something had been missing from this particular Thanksgiving.
B)However, during the following week, as we reflected on the day's events, I realized that something had been missing from this particular Thanksgiving.
C)However, during the following week, as I reflected on the day's events, I realized that something had been missing from this particular Thanksgiving.
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Everyone had eaten plenty of food, one of my friends had told me afterward that they had had a good time. Still, something was missing, though I wasn't quite sure what it was.
A)Everyone had eaten plenty of food, one of my friends had told me afterward that they had had a good time. Still, something was missing, though I wasn't quite sure what it was.
B)Everyone had eaten plenty of food, and each of my friends had told me afterward that they had had a good time. Still, something was missing, though I wasn't quite sure what it was.
C)Everyone had eaten plenty of food, and all my friends had told me afterward that they had had a good time. Still, something was missing, though I wasn't quite sure what it was.
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Then it hit me. Satisfaction was missing. Even though I had enjoyed myself, and everyone else had enjoyed ourselves, I had received no sense of satisfaction from that Thanksgiving afternoon because it had required no effort, no work.
A)Then it hit me. Satisfaction was missing. Even though I had enjoyed myself, and everyone else had enjoyed ourselves, I had received no sense of satisfaction from that Thanksgiving afternoon because it had required no effort, no work.
B)Then it hit me. Satisfaction was missing. Even though I had enjoyed myself, and my friends had enjoyed themselves, I had received no sense of satisfaction from that Thanksgiving afternoon because it had required no effort, no work.
C)Then it hit me. Satisfaction was missing. Even though I had enjoyed myself, and they had enjoyed themselves, I had received no sense of satisfaction from that Thanksgiving afternoon because it had required no effort, no work.
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Don't misunderstand me; nobody likes leisure time more than I do. However, Thanksgiving represents--or at least should represent--more than a day off, good food, and sports.
A)Don't misunderstand me; nobody likes leisure time more than I do. However, Thanksgiving represents--or at least should represent--more than a day off, good food, and sports.
B)Don't misunderstand me; nobody likes leisure time more than me. However, Thanksgiving represents--or at least should represent--more than a day off, good food, and sports.
C)Don't misunderstand me; nobody likes leisure time more than they do. However, Thanksgiving represents--or at least should represent--more than a day off, good food, and sports.
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It should represent effort: sweat and its subsequent satisfaction. Next year, I'm going to cook my own turkey in my own home--provided, of course, that I can borrow my neighbour's microwave.
A)It should represent effort: sweat and its subsequent satisfaction. Next year, I'm going to cook my own turkey in my own home--provided, of course, that I can borrow my neighbour's microwave.
B)It should represent effort: sweat and its subsequent satisfaction. Next year, they're going to cook my own turkey in my own home--provided, of course, that you can borrow my neighbour's microwave.
C)It should represent effort: sweat and its subsequent satisfaction. Next year, one's going to cook one's own turkey in one's own home--provided, of course, that one can borrow one's neighbour's microwave.







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