Common Core: 6th Grade English Language Arts : Recognize and Correct Incorrect Shifts in Pronoun Number and Person: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1.C

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Example Question #1 : Recognize And Correct Incorrect Shifts In Pronoun Number And Person: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.C

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below: 

It is excusable for students to leave school early for a doctor's appointment, as long as you return with a doctor's note. 

Possible Answers:

you

school

doctor's

students

Correct answer:

you

Explanation:

Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. Do not use a plural pronoun for a singular antecedent or a singular pronoun for a plural antecedent. Do not shift person within a sentence. In particular, do not use the second-person pronouns you or your to refer to a first-person or third-person antecedent.

In this sentence "students" was shifted incorrectly to "you". "you" should be "they" .

Example Question #2 : Recognize And Correct Incorrect Shifts In Pronoun Number And Person: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.C

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below: 

People with a strong work ethic tend to be more successful at work because you are more likely to get complete all tasks in a timely manner. 

Possible Answers:

People

you

tasks 

work

Correct answer:

you

Explanation:

Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. Do not use a plural pronoun for a singular antecedent or a singular pronoun for a plural antecedent. Do not shift person within a sentence. In particular, do not use the second-person pronouns you or your to refer to a first-person or third-person antecedent.

In this sentence "People" was shifted incorrectly to "you". "you" should be "they" .

Example Question #28 : Common Core: 6th Grade English Language Arts

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below: 

Indoor stadiums have become more popular recently because it protects people from weather conditions. 

Possible Answers:

stadiums

Indoor

weather

it

Correct answer:

it

Explanation:

Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. Do not use a plural pronoun for a singular antecedent or a singular pronoun for a plural antecedent. Do not shift person within a sentence. In particular, do not use the second-person pronouns you or your to refer to a first-person or third-person antecedent.

In this sentence "stadiums" was shifted incorrectly to "it". "It" should be "they" .

Example Question #2 : Recognize And Correct Incorrect Shifts In Pronoun Number And Person: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.C

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below:

Mom said that the boys could go outside, as long as he wore a jacket.

Possible Answers:

Mom

jacket

he

boy

Correct answer:

he

Explanation:

Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. Do not use a plural pronoun for a singular antecedent or a singular pronoun for a plural antecedent. Do not shift person within a sentence. In particular, do not use the second-person pronouns you or your to refer to a first-person or third-person antecedent.

In this sentence, “boys” was shifted incorrectly to “he”. “he” should be “they” (with “jacket” becoming “jackets”).

 

 

Example Question #3 : Recognize And Correct Incorrect Shifts In Pronoun Number And Person: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.C

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below:

Sometimes, a man will be criticized even when they are doing what is right.

Possible Answers:

what

man

they

even

Correct answer:

they

Explanation:

 Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. In this example, “a man” (singular) is shifted incorrectly to “they” (plural). “they” should be “he”.

 

 

Example Question #3 : Recognize And Correct Incorrect Shifts In Pronoun Number And Person: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.C

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below:

When the scientists mixed the two chemicals, you saw a surprising reaction.

Possible Answers:

two

scientists

reaction 

you

Correct answer:

you

Explanation:

Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. Do not use a plural pronoun for a singular antecedent or a singular pronoun for a plural antecedent. Do not shift person within a sentence. In particular, do not use the second-person pronouns you or your to refer to a first-person or third-person antecedent.

In this example, “scientists” (plural, third-person) shifts to “you” (singular, second-person). “you” should be “they”.

 

Example Question #1 : Recognize And Correct Incorrect Shifts In Pronoun Number And Person: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.C

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below.

For her son’s birthday, Karen is going to give him their gift.

Possible Answers:

her

him

their

gift

Correct answer:

their

Explanation:

Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. Do not use a plural pronoun for a singular antecedent or a singular pronoun for a plural antecedent. Do not shift person within a sentence. In particular, do not use the second-person pronouns you or your to refer to a first-person or third-person antecedent.

In this example, there are three pronouns to deal with. “her” clearly refers to Karen, while “him” clearly refers to the son. It is unclear who “their” is referring to. “their” is plural, but must be referring to Karen (singular) or her son (singular). “their” should be “his” or “her”.

 

Example Question #4 : Recognize And Correct Incorrect Shifts In Pronoun Number And Person: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.C

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below.

When Joshua was on the team, he called Marty for their tickets.

Possible Answers:

he

Joshua

their

Marty

Correct answer:

their

Explanation:

Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. Do not use a plural pronoun for a singular antecedent or a singular pronoun for a plural antecedent. Do not shift person within a sentence. In particular, do not use the second-person pronouns you or your to refer to a first-person or third-person antecedent.

In this example, there are two pronouns to seal with: “he” and “their”. “he” clearly refers to Joshua, but it is unclear who “their” (plural) refers to. Josh and Marty are both singular, so “their” should be “his”.

 

Example Question #6 : Recognize And Correct Incorrect Shifts In Pronoun Number And Person: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.C

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below.

If students are late, he must have a pass. 

Possible Answers:

have

students

he

pass

Correct answer:

he

Explanation:

Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. Do not use a plural pronoun for a singular antecedent or a singular pronoun for a plural antecedent.

In this example, “he” is singular” while referring to “students” (plural). “he” should be “they”.

 

 

Example Question #7 : Recognize And Correct Incorrect Shifts In Pronoun Number And Person: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.C

Select the incorrectly used pronoun in the sentence below.

Chris told his friend that classes were canceled for today and it would resume tomorrow.

Possible Answers:

tomorrow

it

his

Chris

Correct answer:

it

Explanation:

Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and person. In this example, there are two pronouns to consider: “his” and “it”. “his” (singular) clearly refers to Chris (also singular), while “it” (singular) seems to refer to “classes” (plural). “it” should be “they”.

 

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