GMAT Verbal : Correcting Pronoun Errors: Incorrect Usage

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Example Question #91 : Correcting Pronoun Errors: Incorrect Usage

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

And the World Health Organization estimates that by 2030 that number of people living with diabetes will more than double.  

Possible Answers:

estimates that by 2030 although

estimates that by 2030 the

estimates that by 2030 a

estimates that by 2030 because

estimates that by 2030 even though

Correct answer:

estimates that by 2030 the

Explanation:

The correct answer will resolve the redundant relative pronoun that, replacing it with the definite article "the". Using the article "a" is problematic precisely because the article refers to a definite noun "the number of people...". The other answer choice that attempt to implement a subordinating conjunction all result in issues with awkward syntax.

Example Question #91 : Correcting Pronoun Errors: Incorrect Usage

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Carl wanted to know who's car was parked in his parking spot.

Possible Answers:

who's car

whose car

who'se car

whos car

whos' car

Correct answer:

whose car

Explanation:

This sentence misuses the word "who's," which is a contraction for "who is." The context of this sentence dictates that the possessive form of the word be used here. The correct choice is "whose." The other choices are not actual forms of this word.

Example Question #92 : Correcting Pronoun Errors: Incorrect Usage

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Sharon knew that she had to complete his assignment soon.

Possible Answers:

hers

her

him

his

she

Correct answer:

her

Explanation:

This sentence misuses the pronoun "his." Since a man is not mentioned anywhere in the sentence, it makes no sense to use the word "his." Most likely, it is Sharon's project that is meant here, meaning that "her" should be used. Note that "hers" is not a proper word. The correct choice is "her."

Example Question #93 : Correcting Pronoun Errors: Incorrect Usage

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

When the car refused to start, he tried changing it's battery.

Possible Answers:

he tried changing the car's battery.

he tried changing that battery.

he tried changing battery of the car.

he tried changing it's battery.

he tried changing its battery.

Correct answer:

he tried changing its battery.

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in the usage of "it's," which is a contraction for "it is." The context of the sentence makes it clear that the possessive pronoun is needed here, which is "its," without the apostrophe. Note that "that" is not specific enough (could be referring so some other battery), and "the car's/of the car" is redundant, given the first half of this sentence. The correct choice is, "he tried changing its battery."

Example Question #91 : Correcting Pronoun Errors: Incorrect Usage

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The company assigned it's latest project to Tim.

Possible Answers:

it's latest project to: Tim.

its latest project to Tim.

it's latest project to Tim.

it's latest project: to Tim.

its latest project to: Tim.

Correct answer:

its latest project to Tim.

Explanation:

This sentence uses the wrong form of "it." When the apostrophe is present (it's), the word is a contraction for "it is." The possessive form, which is needed here, is "its" (without the apostrophe). No additional punctuation or other changes are necessary - colons are never used to split up a clause. The correct choice is, "its latest project to Tim."

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