PSAT Writing : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

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Example Question #1 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

What was once a friendly argument between my brother and I quickly became a full-scale brawl. No error.

Possible Answers:

quickly

No error.

a full-scale brawl

my brother and I

What was once

Correct answer:

my brother and I

Explanation:

This sentence uses the wrong pronoun case. “I” is only used as a subject, and “me” is used as an object. Here, as the object of the preposition “between,” “me” is needed. The corrected sentence reads, "What was once a friendly argument between my brother and me quickly became a full-scale brawl."

Example Question #1 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The awkward tension between Sam and I was, as it turns outcompletely one-sidedNo error

Possible Answers:

awkward

completely one-sided

as it turns out

Sam and I

No error

Correct answer:

Sam and I

Explanation:

The pronoun "I" is only used as the subject of a sentence. "Me" is used as the object of a verb or (as in this case) a preposition. The corrected sentence reads, "The awkward tension between me and Sam was, as it turns out, completely one-sided."

Example Question #2 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

I say that between you and Iwe can definitely eat that entire pizza. No error

Possible Answers:

I say

we

between

you and I

No error

Correct answer:

you and I

Explanation:

The phrase "between you and I" is incorrect because "you" and "I" are acting as the objects of the prepositional phrase "between you and I," where the objective forms of these pronouns ("you" and "me") should be used instead.

Example Question #3 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

I never heard the official announcement, but I received the news when Mark sent an email to Sharon and I. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

when

never

Sharon and I

received

Correct answer:

Sharon and I

Explanation:

This sentence has a problem with pronoun case in the prepositional phrase "to Sharon and I." "I" is the subjective case of the first-person pronoun, but as an object of the preposition "to," the objective case of the first-person pronoun, "me," should be used. The corrected sentence reads, "I never heard the official announcement, but I received the news when Mark sent an email to Sharon and me."

Example Question #4 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

“I don’t understand why I can’t come to the movies with you,” cried Tina’s younger brother, whom had a strict 8:00 bedtime. No error

Possible Answers:

whom

No error

cried

to the movies

don't understand

Correct answer:

whom

Explanation:

The word "whom" is incorrect because it refers to the brother, who is the subject of the sentence (it is the younger brother who does the crying here). Therefore, the correct word choice would be "who."

Example Question #5 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

My boyfriend and me went to the animal shelter, and together, we adopted a dog. No error

Possible Answers:

together

me

went

No error

adopted

Correct answer:

me

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in its use of the pronoun "me."  The proper subjects of the sentence are "my boyfriend" and "I."  "Me" is an objective pronoun, not a subjective pronoun (e.g., "My boyfriend gave the puppy to me." is correct, but "Me went to the animal shelter" is not correct.)  

Example Question #6 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

It was a frightening experience when our camping leader left my friend and I to set up camp by ourselves while the wolves were howling. No error

Possible Answers:

were

I

No error

by ourselves

when 

Correct answer:

I

Explanation:

When someone is left behind, that person is the object of the action. "Me" is the first person pronoun that is used as an object, not "I." Therefore, the word "I" should be changed to the word "me" in the sentence.

Example Question #8 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Startled by the sudden darkness that fell upon the town, Margaret, Thomas, and me stumbled and clutched at each other. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

that fell upon

Startled by

clutched at

me

Correct answer:

me

Explanation:

This sentence has a problem with pronoun case. Since “me” is a subject, it should be “I.” The corrected sentence reads, "Startled by the sudden darkness that fell upon the earth, Margaret, Thomas, and I stumbled and clutched at each other."

Example Question #81 : Identifying Usage Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

My father told Jon and I that we could keep the stray dog, but the responsibility of caring for it would fall on us. No error

Possible Answers:

caring for it

but

Jon and I

fall on us

No error

Correct answer:

Jon and I

Explanation:

The pronoun "I" should be changed to "me" because it is not the subject of the sentence, so the phrase "Jon and I" contains the sentence's error.

Example Question #82 : Identifying Usage Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

I was almost to the exit of the building, but standing between the doors and I was a gigantic security guard looking right at meNo error

Possible Answers:

the doors and I 

exit of

looking right at me

standing

No error

Correct answer:

the doors and I 

Explanation:

This sentence uses the wrong pronoun case. If a first person pronoun is the object of a preposition, it should be “me,” not “I.” The corrected sentence reads, "I was almost to the exit of the building, but standing between me and the doors was a gigantic security guard looking right at me."

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