SAT Writing : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

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Example Questions

Example Question #251 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

My sister took my hand and solemnly swore that nothing would ever come between her and INo error

Possible Answers:

her and I

would ever come

hand and

No error

solemnly

Correct answer:

her and I

Explanation:

In this sentence, the wrong pronoun case is used. “I” is a subject, but here it appears as the object of a preposition. The corrected sentence reads: My sister took my hand and solemnly swore that nothing would ever come between her and me.

Example Question #311 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

In that novel, the author poetically describes the experiences of immigrants whom venture to the United States in search of better lives. No error

Possible Answers:

in search of

whom

poetically describes

better lives

No error

Correct answer:

whom

Explanation:

“Whom” should be replaced by “who” because here, it acts as a subject instead of an object.

Example Question #802 : Sat Writing

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The judges, who were responsible for choosing the winner of the science fair, were trying to decide between he and her. No error.

Possible Answers:

were trying

he and her

responsible for

No error.

who

Correct answer:

he and her

Explanation:

When the preposition "between" and pronouns are used in a prepositional phrase, the pronouns must be in the objective case, since they are objects of the prepositional phrase. "Her" is in the objective case (as opposed to the subjective case pronoun "she") in this sentence, so it is correct, but "he" is a subjective-case pronoun that is incorrectly used. The objective-case pronoun "him" should be used instead to correct the sentence's error.

Example Question #11 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Even though Arnold and his wife had never been to Hawaii, them were sure they would have fun there. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

had never been

Even though

them

would have

Correct answer:

them

Explanation:

This sentence incorrectly uses the objective pronoun "them" where it should use the subjective pronoun "they." Since the pronoun in question is acting as the subject of the independent clause "(pronoun) were sure they would have fun there," it needs to be in its subjective form. Objective pronouns, on the other hand, are used when the pronoun in question is acting as a direct object or the object of a preposition, e.g. the exchange "To whom did you give the cake?" "I gave it to them." Here, both the pronouns "whom" and "them" are in their objective forms because each is funcitoning as the object of the preposition "to." 

Example Question #12 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Even though it did not have a history of biting, the dog that lived next door always made me feel uneasy; I didn't like the way it snarled at Jason and INo error

Possible Answers:

No error

dog that lived next door

Jason and I

uneasy;

Even though it did not have a history of biting

Correct answer:

Jason and I

Explanation:

There is an issue with the prepositional phrase "at Jason and I." "I" is a subjective pronoun, but the objective pronoun "me" should be used in this instance, since it is the object of the preposition "at."

Example Question #11 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Samantha walked over to me and whispered, "Just between you and I, I don't think we can trust him to keep this secret." No error

Possible Answers:

you and I

No error

to keep

him

to me

Correct answer:

you and I

Explanation:

This first person pronoun following "between" is an object of the preposition, and therefore should be the object pronoun "me" as opposed to the subject pronoun "I."

Example Question #812 : Sat Writing

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The teacher awarded extra credit to only Diana and I; the other students had not done a satisfactory job on the assignment. No error

Possible Answers:

satisfactory

had not done

to only

No error

Diana and I 

Correct answer:

Diana and I 

Explanation:

"Diana and I" are the objects of the preposition "to" and therefore must be in the objective case. "I" is in subjective case; the correct form of the first person pronoun here would be "me." "The teacher awarded extra credit to only Diana and me..."

Example Question #17 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined portion of the sentence that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

We heard some strange sounds coming from above; seconds later, a branch fell down and hit the ground right between me and RodneyNo error

Possible Answers:

coming

me and Rodney

later,

above; seconds

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. The semicolon is appropriate, as the two clauses are both independent and there is no conjunction linking them. There is no preposition case error ("me" is correct because it is the object of the preposition "between"). The pronoun should be in objective case, which it is.

Example Question #11 : Identifying Pronoun Errors: Case

Select the underlined portion of the sentence that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The puppy ran all the way down to the river, splashed around for a bit, and returned to where me and Alicia were waiting. No error

Possible Answers:

bit, and

me and Alicia

No error

river,

ran

Correct answer:

me and Alicia

Explanation:

The first person pronoun here should be in subjective case, "I," as opposed to objective case, "me." 

A quick and easy way to test this is to simplify it as much as possible. Temporarily remove other nouns from this part of the sentence - would "where me was waiting" sound correct? No, so "me and Alicia" wouldn't be right either. "Where I was waiting" sounds fine, and it is - "Alicia and I" would be the correct replacement.

Example Question #321 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The animosity between Bob and I quickly disappeared after we talked to each other during break. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

we talked

between

after

Bob and I

Correct answer:

Bob and I

Explanation:

The preposition, in this case "between," must be followed by an indirect object pronoun, not the direct object pronoun "I." The correct version of this sentence would read: "The animosity between Bob and me..."

A quick test for pronoun case is to invert the order; one would never say "the animosity between I and Bob..."

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