Praxis Writing : Case

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Praxis Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Identifying Word 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.

I have no clear idea who I am speaking to.

Possible Answers:

who I am speaking to.

whom I am speaking to.

to whom I am speaking.

to what I am speaking.

Correct answer:

to whom I am speaking.


This is a very common error of pronoun case, which leads the sentence to incorrectly conclude with a preposition. Rather than using the subjective-case "who" in saying "who I am speaking to," it is correct to use the objective-case "whom." The correct version of the sentence reads, "I have no clear idea to whom I am speaking."

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