GRAMMAR AND MECHANICS
Nouns and Pronouns: Pronoun Reference
Choosing the Correct Pronoun Circle the pronoun that agrees in number with its antecedent in each sentence. 1. Each of the girls makes (her, their) own clothes. 2. The jury finally made (its, their) decision. 3. It often seems that television programmers are not concerned with (its, their) viewers. 4. Both Tim and Tony write (his, their) mothers twice a week from camp. 5. Neither the Library of Congress nor the New York Public Library has (its, their) own film rooms. 6. Either of the two boys will offer (his, their) help. 7. Neither Jim nor the New York Public Library has (its, their) own film rooms. 8. Either the congressman of the senator will give (his, their) speeches today. 9. American citizens must protect (its, their, his) rights. 10. Every person should turn in (her,their) own savings account. 11. Neither the baseball players nor the managers want to lose (his, their) side of the argument. 12. Each student should turn in (her, their) paper now. 13. Does everyone have (his or her, their) textbook? 14. Everyone has the right to (his or her, their own opinion. 15. Each of the freshmen women called (her, their) mother on the first day of the fall term. 16. President and Mrs. Clinton offered (his, her, their) home to the Daughters of the American Revolution for (its, their) annual ball. 17. One of the girls agreed to drive (her, their) car. 18. Does anyone have (his or her, their) car keys? 19. Ms. Perry is a captain in the Navy; (he, she, they) also is a well-known author. 20. Virtue is (its, his, her) own reward. Correcting Incorrect Pronoun Reference Read the following paragraph carefully. Correct any errors in pronoun reference by striking out any pronouns that do not agree with their antecedent and writing in the correct pronoun above them. (1) Perhaps because their country has a relatively short history, Americans are fascinated by its nation's past and their own. (2) America, the land of the immigrant, has become America the land of deeply rooted cultures. (3) Americans' fascination with his past takes may forms. (4) First, Americans eagerly search through dusty court records and yellowed newspapers to trace our ancestors' lives. (5) Family trees are constructed to trace its heritage from the present to the seventeenth century and, perhaps, even to the "old country." (6) Second, the increasing memberships in ethnic and social organizations signal a renewed interest in the past. (7) For example, the Daughters of the American Revolution still admits members to their elite roll. (9) Millions of people flock to Colonial Williamsburg each year to consider your country's past. (10) Also, ethnic festivals draw large crowds to its celebration of native foods and cultures. (11) In the past, new American citizens cast off the culture and traditions of his "old countries" and instead were quickly assimilated into the mainstream of American society. (12) Today, however, each of us is quick to describe their family's lineage and residence in the United States.
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