GMAT Verbal : Correcting Pronoun Errors

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Example Question #221 : 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.

The comittee decided that him deserved the award for his achievements.

Possible Answers:

she

his

him

he

her

Correct answer:

he

Explanation:

This sentence misuses the word "him." "Him" is the form used when the pronoun is the object of another word, but it is acting as the subject. The correct choice is "he" (the use of "his" later in the subject indicates the subject is male).

Example Question #222 : 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.

While writing his book, the author, whom had written only one other novel, toured around the country.

Possible Answers:

his book, the author, who had written

his book, the author, which had written

his book, the author, having had written

his book, the author, that had written

his book, the author, whom had written

Correct answer:

his book, the author, who had written

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in pronoun case. The word  "whom" is only used when it functions as the object in a clause. As used, however, it functions as the subject of that clause; rewording the sentence would change "whom had written only one other novel" to "he had written only one other novel." The appropriate choice is "who." Note that "which" is inappropriate, since the word "author" presumably refers to humans. The correct choice is, "his book, the author, who had written."

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