1. In the sentences below, fill in the blanks with the personal pronouns which agree with the underlined antecedents. For example:
The man walked slowly, because __ was carrying a heavy parcel.
The man walked slowly, because he was carrying a heavy parcel.
Although ___ knew it was dangerous, the girl wanted to ride the horse.
Although she knew it was dangerous, the girl wanted to ride the horse.
The tree is very tall, but __ does not give much shade.
The tree is very tall, but it does not give much shade.
She and I are not coming, because __ are too busy.
She and I are not coming, because we are too busy.
Doughnuts taste best when ____ are fresh.
Doughnuts taste best when they are fresh.
1. The children are happy because _______ have a holiday today.
2. My father and I had planned to visit the park, but since it was raining _______ decided not to go.
3. This chair is valuable because _______ is so old.
4. The woman is pleased because _______ has found work.
5. Until _______ retired, their father managed a business.
6. After the apples have been cut up, _______ should be sprinkled with cinnamon.
7. Because her husband used to study music, _______ knows how to play several musical instruments.
8. My neighbor and I like to go shopping together, so that _______ can help each other choose what to buy.
9. Her daughter likes to study, because _______ finds the work
10. The car is in good condition, but _______ needs a new muffler.
2. Paying attention to the meanings of the sentences below, fill in
each blank with he, she, it, we or they, and underline the antecedent of the pronoun. For example:
My grandfather does not want to retire, because __ likes his work.
My grandfather does not want to retire, because he likes his work.
His wife will be there if __ can find a baby-sitter.
His wife will be there if she can find a baby-sitter.
The bicycle must be repaired before __ can be ridden again.
The bicycle must be repaired before it can be ridden again.
My cousin and I live in different towns, but __ write to each other often.
My cousin and I live in different towns, but we write to each other often.
The bananas are quite soft, but ___ can be used in banana cake.
The bananas are quite soft, but they can be used in banana cake.
1. When the moon is full, ______ rises just as the sun sets.
2. Tracy and I like spending time together, because _______ share many interests.
3. When my uncle was young, _______ enjoyed playing soccer.
4. The students worked hard, because _______ were anxious to complete
5. When the lady entered the hotel, ______ asked to speak with the manager.
6. The man was surprised when ______ heard the news.
7. My friend and I had to leave early so that _____ could catch the bus.
8. I liked the picture so much that I had ______ framed.
9. Your grandmother is old, but ______ is still beautiful.
10. The boats look picturesque when _______ are tied up in the harbor.
3. The underlined pronouns in the following sentences are ambiguous, since it is not obvious to which antecedents they refer. For each sentence, first underline the two possible antecedents of the pronoun.
Then make the sentence unambiguous by choosing one of the antecedents
and repeating it, instead of using the pronoun. When repeating the
antecedent, it is also necessary to repeat any words which modify it. For example:
I invited the woman and her sister, but she could not come.
I invited the woman and her sister, but her sister could not come.
or I invited the woman and her sister, but the woman could not come.
George gave Tom a book. Then he went home.
George gave Tom a book. Then Tom went home.
or George gave Tom a book. Then George went home.
The boys challenged the girls to a game, but they did not play well.
The boys challenged the girls to a game, but the boys did not play well.
or The boys challenged the girls to a game, but the girls did not play well.
1. I used your pen to finish the assignment, but then I lost it.
2. My father told my uncle the story, but he did not believe it.
3. When the students met the teachers for the first time, they were not sure what to expect.
4. The girl was dressed like her mother, except that she was not wearing a hat.
5. The man had arranged to meet his son at four o'clock, but he was late.
6. The box was the same size as the trunk, but it was much heavier.
7. The lady wanted to visit my aunt, but she had to leave town unexpectedly.
8. The riders slowed down their horses because they were growing tired.
9. The butterfly was sitting close to the flower, but it could not be seen in the photograph.
10. The cups were supposed to match the saucers, but they were a lighter shade of blue.
4. Rewrite each of the following sentences, using the construction with the pronoun it, followed by the verb, followed by an infinitive. For example:
Traveling by ship was quite relaxing.
It was quite relaxing to travel by ship.
Finding the right path could take a long time.
It could take a long time to find the right path.
1. Paying close attention can be crucial.
2. Crossing the mountains would be very difficult.
3. Learning everything was not easy.
4. Skiing down the mountain was exciting.
5. Walking on a glacier can be dangerous.
6. Visiting Rome was a wonderful experience.
5. For each of the following sentences, fill in the blank with the
personal pronoun which agrees with the underlined word. The objective
case must be used, since the pronouns in these sentences are the objects of verbs. For example:
I am looking for the post office. Can you help __?
I am looking for the post office. Can you help me?
Since you are new here, I will show ___ the way.
Since you are new here, I will show you the way.
If my father is at home, I will ask ___ what to do.
If my father is at home, I will ask him what to do.
My aunt and uncle invited me to visit ___.
My aunt and uncle invited me to visit them.
1. Because she is your friend, I offered to help ______.
2. I wish someone would tell ______ the answer.
3. They look familiar. I am sure we have met _______ before.
4. If you are ready, we will drive _______ home.
5. We would like you to call ______.
6. He is our neighbor. We have known _______ for years.
7. This is the book I need. May I borrow ______ ?
8. If you like, I will call _______ when we arrive.
9. We were surprised they remembered ______.
10. That man waved to us, but I do not recognize ______.
11. I think they expect ______ to come.
12. The piano is out of tune, but I am having ______ tuned tomorrow.
13. Will she mind if I ask ______ a question?
14. The beans will grow faster if you water ______.
6. For each of the following sentences, fill in the blank with the personal pronoun which agrees with the underlined word. Use the subjective case if the pronoun is the subject of a verb, and use the objective case if the pronoun is the object of a verb. For example:
They invited me to come, but __ did not have time.
They invited me to come, but I did not have time.
Just after we had mailed you the letter, ___ called us.
Just after we had mailed you the letter, you called us.
That boy is quite friendly. I like ___.
That boy is quite friendly. I like him.
He offered to lend me two books, but I had read ___ already.
He offered to lend me two books, but I had read them already.
1. I saw your brother after school. _____ lent me his bicycle.
2. Would you like me to help ______ ?
3. My friend and I expect the woman to call ______.
4. If I am ready in time, ______ will meet you there.
5. This woman is one of our relatives, ______ is my husband's cousin.
6. Her grandfather is a wise man. Everybody respects ______.
7. The chimney is old. ______ needs to be repaired.
8. My sister likes sports. We should invite ______ to join us.
9. Those people are your new neighbors. Have you met _______ yet?
10. She and I will call you if ______ are late.
11. I waited for you for twenty minutes, but ______ did not come.
12. The camera was heavy, but he carried ______ everywhere he went.
13. Some ducks swim underwater when _______ are searching for food.
14. I waved to you. Did you see _______ ?
7. Paying attention to the case of the personal pronouns, rewrite each of the following sentences so that the meaning is reversed. For example:
We gave them the pen.
They gave us the pen.
I like you.
You like me.
1. She helped us.
2. He asked them to come.
3. I recognized her.
4. You warned me.
5. We reminded them to call.
6. They told him the truth.
7. She invited us for tea.
8. He offered me a sandwich.
8. Fill in each blank with either the subjective case or the objective case of the pronoun given in brackets. Use the subjective case if the pronoun follows the verb to be. Otherwise, use the objective case. For example:
That is __. (he)
That is he.
We remember ___. (he)
We remember him.
It was __ who did it. (we)
It was we who did it.
He threw __ the ball. (we)
He threw us the ball.
1. It was ______. (I)
2. Please hand ______ the book. (I)
3. I told _______ the secret. (she)
4. It was _______ who was here. (she)
5. It was _______ who knew the answer. (they)
6. Let _______ go. (they)
7. This is _______. (he)
8. I knew _______ before. (he)
9. Those were _______. (they)
10. It is ______ who will be there. (we)
9. For each of the following sentences, fill in the blank with the personal pronoun which agrees with the underlined word. The objective case must be used, since the pronouns in these sentences are the objects of prepositions. For example:
I want you to address the letter to __.
I want you to address the letter to me.
This jar is the largest. Rice was stored in __.
This jar is the largest. Rice was stored in it.
The girl was shy, but we had an enjoyable conversation with ___.
The girl was shy, but we had an enjoyable conversation with her.
We went to the post office, but there was no mail for __.
We went to the post office, but there was no mail for us.
1. They want us to go with _____.
2. I would like you to wrap this gift for ______.
3. She thinks we are talking about ______.
4. The wall was so high that I could not see over ______.
5. Your nephew wants us to write to ______.
6. You should ask them to send it to ______.
7. Nancy and I would like you to come with ______.
8. He asked us to wait for ______.
9. I would be grateful if you would explain this to ______.
10. Because you were late, we saved some food for ______.
11. We told you that the costumes were designed by ______.
12. The swans were so beautiful that we wrote a song about _______.
13. The car is worth more than you paid for ______.
14. Your daughter wants me to read to ______.
10. For each of the following sentences, fill in the blank with the
personal pronoun which agrees with the underlined word. Use the
subjective case if the pronoun is the subject of a verb, and use the
objective case if the pronoun is the object of a verb or the object of a preposition. For example:
They looked at me, but __ did not recognize them.
They looked at me, but I did not recognize them.
We told you what would happen, but ___ did not listen.
We told you what would happen, but you did not listen.
We saw them, but they did not see __.
We saw them, but they did not see us.
They asked us a question, but we could not tell ____ the answer.
They asked us a question, but we could not tell them the answer.
Their son did not know the way, but we pointed it out to ___.
Their son did not know the way, but we pointed it out to him.
The girl is so mischievous, we do not know what to do with ___.
The girl is so mischievous, we do not know what to do with her.
1. His father works hard. ______ is a doctor.
2. Because the woman seemed friendly, we asked ______ for directions.
3. The cupboards are so full, we cannot put anything else into _____.
4. You will be surprised if we beat ______ in the race.
5. Have you been looking for me? ______ had to run an errand.
6. My niece wants us to send the photographs to ______.
7. We have invited them to visit ______.
8. The store was open, but we did not have time to go into ______.
9. She will be angry if we make fun of ______.
10. You and I are good friends, ______ hardly ever argue.
11. Your son-in-law asked us to describe it to ______.
12. The windows are very stiff. We open _______ only in the summer.
13. The basket is heavy. ______ is full of oranges.
14. Your husband does not like anyone to contradict ______.
15. I hope you were not anxious about ______.
16. Would you like me to mail the information to ______
17. The leaves rustled in the breeze, ______ were already starting to change color.
18. The road was long, but we followed ______ to the end.
19. I asked him to tell ______ the time.
20. You will enjoy yourself if ______ come to the concert.
21. We want you to wait for ______.
11. Fill in each blank with the possessive adjective which agrees with the underlined antecedent. For example:
I am looking for __ keys.
I am looking for my keys.
The lady left ___ gloves on the counter.
The lady left her gloves on the counter.
Personal pronouns must agree with _____ antecedents.
Personal pronouns must agree with their antecedents.
1. I opened _______ book.
2. Did the man finish _______ work?
3. The bear is licking _______ paws.
4. Please show us to _______ seats.
5. She has already purchased _______ ticket.
6. Have you heard from _______ friends recently?
7. The students live near _______ school.
8. The gentleman would like to have _______ watch repaired.
9. We eat _______ breakfast at the same time every morning.
10. That woman always walks _______ dog in the park.
11. I would like to renew _______ subscription.
12. The eagle was holding something in _______ claws.
13. Will you give me _______ address?
14. The gymnasts asked ________ coach for advice.
12. For each of the following sentences, fill in the blank with the possessive adjective which agrees with the noun or pronoun shown in brackets. For example:
___ barking kept us awake. (the dog)
Its barking kept us awake.
___ arriving on time was fortunate. (we)
Our arriving on time was fortunate.
_____ swooping and darting was a sign that it would rain. (the swallows)
Their swooping and darting was a sign that it would rain.
1. ________ following the guidelines was a good idea. (you)
2. _______ agreeing to forward the mail was helpful. (the students)
3. _________ answering the questions so easily was unexpected. (he)
4. ________ driving the car saved a great deal of time. (I)
5. ________ speaking so forcefully impressed the audience. (the woman)
6. ________ entering the race was intended as a gesture of goodwill. (we)
7. ________ chiming told us the time. (the clock)
13. Fill in each blank with the possessive pronoun which agrees with the underlined antecedent. For example:
If you cannot find your pen, I will lend you ____.
If you cannot find your pen, I will lend you mine.
I failed my exams, but my brother passed ___.
I failed my exams, but my brother passed his.
Their umbrellas are rather tattered, but we have mended ____.
Their umbrellas are rather tattered, but we have mended ours.
1. Your coat may be warm, but I think _______ is more elegant.
2. Because I had no gloves, my niece offered me _______.
3. I forgot to bring my camera. Did you bring _______.
4. When I lost my map, your son lent me _______.
5. They discarded their old telephone directories, but we kept _______.
6. We have not planted our peas yet, but the farmers have planted ______ already.
7. I never cut my hair, but my sister cuts _______ once a month.
8. The neighbors' children are very independent, but we have to help _______.
9. We store our bicycles in the shed, but they leave ________ outside.
10. I water my plants every day, but you never water ________.
11. Although she likes her school, I prefer _______.
12. My niece studies for all her tests, but my nephew refuses to study for ________.
14. Fill in each blank with either the possessive adjective or the
possessive pronoun which agrees with the underlined antecedent. Remember that the possessive adjective must precede a noun or gerund, whereas the possessive pronoun is used independently. For example:
Last night I wrote to __ sister.
Last night I wrote to my sister.
I thought the book was yours, but in fact, it was ____.
I thought the book was yours, but in fact, it was mine.
She has ordered ___ tickets in advance.
She has ordered her tickets in advance.
Although they do not know it yet, the prize is ______.
Although they do not know it yet, the prize is theirs.
The rain continued ___ pattering on the roof.
The rain continued its pattering on the roof.
1. I always enjoy _______ vacation.
2. I mailed my letter. Did you mail _______?
3. He is eager to try out _______ skis.
4. I am sure _______ handling of the situation was correct.
5. I rarely use a car, but they drive ________ everywhere.
6. My aunt visits _______ cousins once a year.
7. We are proud of _______ record.
8. I have never met your children. Have you met _______?
9. The gate swung noiselessly on _______ hinges.
10. I have received my diploma, but she has not yet received _______.
11. Have you filled out _______ application?
12. The bird continued _______ twittering long after dusk.
13. They are going to sublet _______ apartment.
14. I got my driver's license last month, but he got _______ a year ago.
15. Most businesses try to expand, but we have kept ______ small.
16. They saw _______ friend on television.
17. I finished my assignment yesterday. Have you finished _______?
15. For each of the following sentences, fill in the blank with the
reflexive pronoun which agrees with the underlined word. For example:
I found ______ in a difficult situation.
I found myself in a difficult situation.
The children warmed __________ in front of the fire.
The children warmed themselves in front of the fire.
1. He should take better care of ______________.
2. You may help ____________.
3. I saw it ________.
4. She likes to involve ____________ in community affairs.
5. We could see ______________ reflected in the mirror.
6. The bird perched _____________ on the window sill.
7. The students found the solution ______________.
8. You _____________ must decide what to do.
9. The teenagers amused ______________ by telephoning their friends.
10. We ______________ were surprised at the news.
11. He likes to hear ____________ talk.
12. She prides _____________ on her ability to speak French.
13. I told ____________ not to lose hope.
14. The fox hid _____________ under a bush.
ANSWERS TO THE EXERCISES for Chapter 18|
Answers to Exercise 1:
1. they 2. we 3. it 4. she 5. he 6. they 7. he 8. we 9. she 10. it
Answers to Exercise 2:
1. it 2. we 3. he 4. they 5. she 6. he 7. we 8. it 9. she
Answers to Exercise 3:
1. your pen or the assignment 2. my father or my uncle
3. the students or the teachers 4. the girl or her mother
5. the man or his son 6. the box or the trunk 7. the lady or my aunt 8. the riders or their horses 9. the butterfly or the flower
10. the cups or the saucers
Answers to Exercise 4:
1. It can be crucial to pay close attention.
2. It would be very difficult to cross the mountains.
3. It was not easy to learn everything.
4. It was exciting to ski down the mountain.
5. It can be dangerous to walk on a glacier.
6. It was a wonderful experience to visit Rome.
Answers to Exercise 5:
1. her 2. me 3. them 4. you 5. us 6. him 7. it 8. you 9. us
10. him 11. me 12. it 13. her 14. them
Answers to Exercise 6:
1. He 2. you 3. us 4. I 5. She 6. him 7. It 8. her 9. them
10. we 11. you 12. it 13. they 14. me
Answers to Exercise 7:
1. We helped her. 2. They asked him to come. 3. She recognized me.
4. I warned you. 5. They reminded us to call. 6. He told them the truth. 7. We invited her for tea. 8. I offered him a sandwich.
Answers to Exercise 8:
1. I 2. me 3. her 4. she 5. they 6. them 7. he 8. him
9. they 10. we
Answers to Exercise 9:
1. them 2. me 3. her 4. it 5. him 6. you 7. us 8. him 9. me
10. you 11. us 12. them 13. it 14. her
Answers to Exercise 10:
1. He 2. her 3. them 4. you 5. I 6. her 7. us 8. it 9. her
10. We 11. him 12. them 13. It 14. him 15. me 16. you 17. They
18. it 19. me 20. you 21. us
Answers to Exercise 11:
1. my 2. his 3. its 4. our 5. her 6. your 7. their 8. his
9. our 10. her 11. my 12. its 13. your 14. their
Answers to Exercise 12:
1. Your 2. Their 3. His 4. My 5. Her 6. Our 7. Its
Answers to Exercise 13:
1. mine 2. hers 3. yours 4. his 5. ours 6. theirs 7. hers
8. ours 9. theirs 10. yours 11. mine 12. his
Answers to Exercise 14:
1. my 2. yours 3. his 4. my 5. theirs 6. her 7. our 8. mine
9. its 10. hers 11. your 12. its 13. their 14. his 15. ours
16. their 17. yours
Answers to Exercise 15:
1. himself 2. yourself or yourselves 3. myself 4. herself
5. ourselves 6. itself 7. themselves 8. yourself or yourselves
9. themselves 10. ourselves 11. himself 12. herself 13. myself