GMAT Verbal : Correcting Pronoun Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GMAT Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #511 : Sentence Correction

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

Possible Answers:

was finally delivered to me

was final delivered to myself

was finally delivered for myself

was delivered finally to myself

was finally delivered 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."

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. One of the answer choices repeats the underlined portion as it is written.

You must be sure to bring the materials directly to myself.

Possible Answers:

 for myself.

 to me.

 to I.

 to myself.

 unto myself.

Correct answer:

 to me.

Explanation:

The use of the pronoun "myself" is incorrect in this sentence, as "myself" is a reflexive pronoun and needs a referent earlier in the sentence. As no earlier use of a first person pronoun exists in the sentence, a reflexive pronoun is inappropriate. "To me" is the correct answer choice. "To I" might look like a potentially correct answer, but because "I" is the object of the preposition "to," it needs to be in its objective form, "me," not its subjective form, "I."

Example Question #1661 : Sat Writing

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. One of the answer choices repeats the underlined portion as it is written.

The documents were surrendered to themselves as soon as the commission had finalized their work.

Possible Answers:

to them soon as

to themselves soon as

to themselves as soon as

to them as soon as

to themselves when

Correct answer:

to them as soon as

Explanation:

The use of the pronoun "themselves" is incorrect in the sentence, as "themselves" is a reflexive pronoun and needs a noun earlier in the sentence to refer back to as a referent. This is the only issue in the sentence, and replacing "themselves" with the non-reflexive third person plural object pronoun "them" is sufficient. The correct answer choice, then, is "to them as soon as."

Example Question #31 : 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. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

I have never doubted the facts for me, but I am aware that others have misgivings.

Possible Answers:

for me

itself

me

mine

Omit the underlined section.

Correct answer:

Omit the underlined section.

Explanation:

The use of "for me" is a confusing and odd use of the pronoun. Normally, we might consider changing "for me" to "for myself," since "I" has already been used in the sentence and "myself" would have a clear antecedent. However, the phrase "for myself" isn't necessary in this sentence; the sentence still makes complete sense without the inclusion of the phrase. Omitting the underlined portion simplifies the sentence and is grammatically correct, and it is the only answer choice that both corrects the error contained in "for me" and doesn't introduce other grammatical errors.

Example Question #61 : 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. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

You must give this information to herself immediately, with no delays.

Possible Answers:

to herself immediately, with no delaying.

to herself immediately with no delays.

to her immediately, with no delays.

to herself immediately, with no delays.

to herself immediate, with no delays.

Correct answer:

to her immediately, with no delays.

Explanation:

The use of the reflexive pronoun "herself" in this sentence is incorrect and confusing, as no third-person female pronoun or name has been mentioned, so "herself" has no antecedent. The sentence only needs to use the simple female third-person objective pronoun "her." Therefore, the correct answer choice is "to her immediately, with no delays."

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