TOEIC : Pronouns

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Example Question #1 : Pronouns

Kathy was extremely upset over Paul's dismissal; I had never seen _______________ so upset.

Possible Answers:

she

her

he

him

Correct answer:

her

Explanation:

This question is a simple interrogation of correct pronoun usage. The only possible correct answer is thus "her" since "Kathy" is the object of the second main clause. 

Example Question #2 : Pronouns

________________ do you think he'll arrive? Paul's exit interview as scheduled to begin six hours ago, and he has not even called to cancel.

Possible Answers:

How

When

Who

Where

Correct answer:

When

Explanation:

This question simply asks you to select the correct interrogative pronoun. Since the question is querying Paul's (suspicious) tardiness with regard to his exit interview, the only possible correct answer is "when."

Example Question #3 : Pronouns

Shaking ____________ head in disgust, William Gardis, the company's P.R man, explained, once more, that Paul's actions were not reflective of the company's moral fiber.

Possible Answers:

his

her

their

its

Correct answer:

his

Explanation:

Here, we are looking for an appropriate pronoun to use in the introductory phrase, one that would avoid a dangling modifier. A dangling modifier occurs when the pronoun used in an introductory clause does not match the subject of the main clause. Since "William Gardis" is the subject of the main clause, the masculine pronoun "his" is the only appropriate choice.

Example Question #4 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the sentence.

Middle school students are known for being impulsive, and __________ can sometimes be highly disorganized. 

Possible Answers:

he

them 

they

it

Correct answer:

they

Explanation:

"They" is used to refer to the subject of a sentence. This sentence begins with the subject "middle school students," and so we know we need a plural pronoun to fill in the blank. The word "them" is used to refer to objects, not subjects, so it is the wrong choice. "It" and "he" are both singular, so they are incorrect as well. 

Example Question #5 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

_________ appears that the clouds are starting to fade. 

Possible Answers:

He 

It 

We

She 

Correct answer:

It 

Explanation:

The correct answer is "it." This sentence requires an object pronoun, and "it" is the correct choice because the subject of the sentence is already there-clouds. There are no people involved in the meaning of this sentence, which is why we choose "it" instead of "he," "she," or "we."

Example Question #6 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

Each apartment has ____________ own balcony.

Possible Answers:

its

her

their

his 

Correct answer:

its

Explanation:

The correct answer is "its." This sentence requires a singular pronoun to agree with the subject, "apartment" which is singular, therefore, the choice "their," which is plural, is incorrect. The word apartment does not have a gender, so we do not use "his" or "her." That is why the best choice is "its."

Example Question #7 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

The man was so large that he could not fit into _______________ seat. 

Possible Answers:

him

he

he's

his

Correct answer:

his

Explanation:

The correct answer is "his." This sentence requires a singular possessive pronoun, because in this sentence, the chair belongs to the man. The only option that fits as both singular and possessive is "his."

Example Question #8 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

If a student uses a computer, ___________ must remember to log out at the end of class.

Possible Answers:

they

it

he or she

we

Correct answer:

he or she

Explanation:

The correct answer is "he or she." The subject of the sentence is "a student," which is singular, so the pronoun must also be singular. It is also talking about students, so the pronoun "it" is not appropriate. The only option that is both singular and can refer to students is "he or she," and so it is the best choice. 

Example Question #9 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

She interrupted class to get something from _____________ friend. 

Possible Answers:

her

he

his 

she

Correct answer:

her

Explanation:

The correct answer is "her." This pronoun refers to the subject, "she," which is singular and feminine, so the pronoun must also be singular and feminine. It also needs to be a possessive pronoun, since the pronoun describes something that belongs to the subject of the sentence ("her friend"). The only choice that fits these descriptions is "her," so it is the best choice. 

Example Question #10 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

The girl dropped ________ ice cream cone. 

Possible Answers:

its

their 

her

his

Correct answer:

her

Explanation:

The correct answer is "her." Since the subject is a singular female, the pronoun also needs to be singular and feminine. "Its" and "his" are singular, but aren't feminine, and "their" is plural.  The only choice that is singular and feminine is "her," so it is the best choice. 

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