GMAT Verbal : Correcting Pronoun Errors: Incorrect Usage

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Example Questions

Example Question #54 : Other Pronoun Usage Errors

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 conditions of the agreement were always offensive to themselves.

Possible Answers:

The conditions in the agreement were always offensive to themselves.

The conditions of the agreement were always offensive to themselves.

The conditions, of the agreement, were always offensive to themselves.

The conditions of the agreement was always offensive to themselves.

The conditions of the agreement were always offensive to them.

Correct answer:

The conditions of the agreement were always offensive to them.

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "themselves" in this sentence is incorrect, as "themselves" needs to refer to a previous usage of the third person plural pronoun. As none exists in the sentence, "themselves" should be changed to the simple third person plural pronoun, "them." Therefore, the correct answer choice is "The conditions of the agreement were always offensive to them."

Example Question #55 : Other Pronoun Usage Errors

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 entire procedure was carefully laid out by each participant directly to myself.

Possible Answers:

directly for myself.

directly toward myself.

directly to myself.

directly to me.

direct to myself.

Correct answer:

directly to me.

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "myself" is incorrect in this sentence, as it has no previous usage of the first person pronoun to refer back to earlier in the sentence. The reflexive pronoun needs to be changed to the simple first person objective pronoun, "me," making the correct answer choice "directly to me."

Example Question #21 : 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 assistant always read the paper completely to myself every morning.

Possible Answers:

completely to myself every morning.

completely to my own self every morning.

completely for myself every morning.

complete to myself every morning.

completely to me every morning.

Correct answer:

completely to me every morning.

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "myself" is incorrect in this sentence, as it has no previous first person pronoun to refer to. The simple first person objective pronoun is the only pronoun that should be used in this instance. Therefore, the correct answer choice is "completely to me every morning."

Example Question #21 : 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 news came as a complete surprise not only to me, but to himself as well.

Possible Answers:

but for himself as well.

but also to himself as well.

but to him as well.

but to himself just as well.

but to himself as well.

Correct answer:

but to him as well.

Explanation:

The use of "himself" is incorrect in this statement, as it is a reflexive pronoun with no previous third person pronoun to which it can refer back. The simple third person pronoun is all that is needed in this spot. Therefore, the correct answer choice is "but to him as well."

Example Question #21 : Correcting Pronoun Errors: Incorrect Usage

The full package was finally delivered to myself after a delay of over a week.

Possible Answers:

was finally delivered to myself

was finally delivered to me

was final delivered to myself

was finally delivered for myself

was delivered finally to myself

Correct answer:

was finally delivered to me

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "myself" is incorrect in this sentence, as it has no previous first person pronoun to refer to. The simple first person objective pronoun is the pronoun that needs to be used in this sentence. Thus, the correct answer choice is "was finally delivered to me."

Example Question #21 : 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.

For weeks on end, all of the materials were given to myself before anyone else.

Possible Answers:

giving to myself before anyone else.

given to me before anyone else.

given to myself before anyone else.

given to myself before anybody else.

given for myself before anyone else.

Correct answer:

given to me before anyone else.

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "myself" in the sentence is incorrect, as it has no previous first person pronoun to refer back to. The regular first person pronoun is absolutely fine in this sentence. Therefore, the correct answer choice is "given to me before anyone else."

Example Question #61 : Correcting Usage Errors

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 you are done reading the books, please bring them back to myself.

Possible Answers:

please bring them back to myself

please bring those back to myself

please bring them back to me

please bring them back unto myself

please bringing them back to myself

Correct answer:

please bring them back to me

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "myself" in this sentence is incorrect, as it has no previous first person pronoun to refer back to. The pronoun can be changed to the simple first person objective pronoun, "me." The only answer choice to make this necessary change is "please bring them back to me."

Example Question #62 : Other Pronoun Errors

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 packages could only be signed for by myself.

Possible Answers:

The packages could only be signing for by myself.

The packages could only be signed for by me.

The packages could only be sign for by myself.

The package's could only be signed for by myself.

The packages could only be signed for by myself.

Correct answer:

The packages could only be signed for by me.

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "myself" is incorrect in this sentence, as it has no previous first person pronoun to refer back to. The reflexive pronoun can be changed to the simple first person objective pronoun, "me." Therefore, the correct answer choice is "The packages could only be signed for by me."

Example Question #721 : Gmat Verbal

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.

Every single paper written by an employee must be given to myself.

Possible Answers:

Every single paper written by an employee must be given to me.

Each single paper written by an employee must be given to myself.

Every single paper written by an employee must be giving to myself.

Every single paper written by an employee must be given to myself.

Every single paper written by an employee must be given for myself.

Correct answer:

Every single paper written by an employee must be given to me.

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "myself" in this sentence is incorrect and confusing, as it has no previous first person pronoun to refer back to. The reflexive pronoun can be changed to the simple first person objective pronoun "me" without changing the meaning of the sentence. Therefore, the correct answer choice is "Every single paper written by an employee must be given to me."

Example Question #63 : Correcting Pronoun Errors

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.

That important document was only ever seen by myself.

Possible Answers:

was only ever seen by myself

was only ever saw by myself

was only ever seen for myself

was ever only seen by myself

was only ever seen by me

Correct answer:

was only ever seen by me

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "myself" is incorrect in this sentence, as it has no previous first person pronoun to refer back to. The reflexive pronoun can easily be replaced by the simple first person objective pronoun, "me." The only answer choice that actually does this is "was only ever seen by me."

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