Common Core: 6th Grade English Language Arts : Recognize and Correct Vague Pronouns: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1.D

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Example Question #1 : Recognize And Correct Vague Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.D

Select the vague pronoun:

A virus is an infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat. They can proscribe antibiotics to help fight the virus. 

Possible Answers:

They

a

virus

agent

Correct answer:

They

Explanation:

A vague pronoun reference occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear who is being referred to. In this example, it's unclear who "They" are. We can assume based on the context that "They" might be a doctor, but we can't be sure. 

Example Question #2 : Recognize And Correct Vague Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.D

Select the vague pronoun:

When Melissa and Ali finally graduated, she celebrated with a big party! 

Possible Answers:

she

party

Ali

Melissa

Correct answer:

she

Explanation:

A vague pronoun reference occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear who is being referred to. In this example, it's unclear who "she" is. Is "she" Ali or Melissa? "She" needs to be replaced with one of the names. 

Example Question #45 : English Grammar And Usage In Writing And Speaking: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1

Select the vague pronoun:

They say that the delivery time is always under 30 minutes. 

Possible Answers:

always

say

They

time

Correct answer:

They

Explanation:

A vague pronoun reference occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear who is being referred to. In this example, 

Example Question #41 : English Grammar And Usage In Writing And Speaking: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1

Select the vague pronoun:

When Adley and her sister flew to Chicago, the airline lost her luggage. 

Possible Answers:

Adley

airline

her

sister

Correct answer:

her

Explanation:

A vague pronoun reference occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear who is being referred to. In this example, it's unclear who "her" is. 

Example Question #42 : English Grammar And Usage In Writing And Speaking: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1

Which word in the following passage is a vague pronoun?

The coach had to choose between kicking the extra point and going for the two-point conversion. It was clearly the better option.

Possible Answers:

coach

choose

It

option

Correct answer:

It

Explanation:

Correct Answer: It

Explanation: A vague pronoun occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear what is being referred to. In this example, it is unclear which option “It” is. In this case, “It” seems to be referring to either kicking the extra point or going for the two-point conversion, but we can’t be sure.

 

Example Question #3 : Recognize And Correct Vague Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.D

Which word in the following passage is a vague pronoun?

 In the championship game, the Eagles took on the Bobcats. In the end, we won!

Possible Answers:

Bobcats

championship

we

Eagles

Correct answer:

we

Explanation:

Correct Answer: we 

Explanation: A vague pronoun occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear who is being referred to. In this example, it is unclear who “we” refers to. “we” seems to refer to either the Eagles or the Bobcats, but we have no way of determining which one.

 

Example Question #4 : Recognize And Correct Vague Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.D

Which word in the following passage is a vague pronoun?

 The girl and her mother both knew she was in big trouble.

Possible Answers:

trouble

she

mother

girl

Correct answer:

she

Explanation:

Correct Answer: she

Explanation: A vague pronoun occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear what is being referred to. In this example, it is unclear who “she” is referring to. “she” seems to refer to either the girl or her mother, but it is unclear.

 

Example Question #45 : English Grammar And Usage In Writing And Speaking: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1

Which word in the following passage is a vague pronoun?

Take the chair out of the room and clean it.

 

Possible Answers:

it

room

chair

clean

Correct answer:

it

Explanation:

Correct Answer: it

Explanation: A vague pronoun occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear what is being referred to. In this example, it is unclear what “it” is referring to. “it” could be either the room or the chair, but it is unclear.

Example Question #5 : Recognize And Correct Vague Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.D

Which word in the following passage is a vague pronoun?

 Last week, I had a presentation, two tests, and a big project due. It was much better this week.

Possible Answers:

project

presentation

tests

it

Correct answer:

it

Explanation:

Correct Answer: it

Explanation: A vague pronoun occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear what is being referred to. In this example, it is unclear what “it” is referring to. “it” could be referring to the presentation, the tests, the project, or even the week overall. It is unclear.

 

Example Question #6 : Recognize And Correct Vague Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.6.1.D

Which word in the following passage is a vague pronoun?

 When Larry spoke to his uncle, he was very polite.

Possible Answers:

his

he

Larry

uncle

Correct answer:

he

Explanation:

Correct Answer: he

Explanation: A vague pronoun occurs when a pronoun could refer to more than one possible antecedent, thus making it unclear what is being referred to. In this example, there are two pronouns: his and he. It is clear that “his” refers to Larry, whereas it is unclear which of them (Larry or his uncle) was being polite.

 

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