Common Errors In The Use Of Pronouns


In this lesson we will learn about some common mistakes in the use of pronouns.

Correct the following sentences.

One when used in a sentence should be used throughout. Note that in American English, the pronouns he, him and his can be used later in a sentence to refer back to one. This is not possible in British English.

Here the sentence ‘I think so’ means ‘I think that he is coming.’ So can be used after verbs like say, tell and think instead of repeating information in a that-clause.

To talk about having a good time, we normally say enjoy myself / yourself / himself etc.

One subject or object in a relative clause is enough. For example, in the clause ‘the boy he will get the prize’ there are two subjects – the boy and he. One of these should be removed.

After each of we use a plural noun, but the verb has to be singular. Note that each is followed by a singular noun and verb.

The structure ‘both… not’ is not possible in grammatically correct English. Instead we use neither.

You may also write ‘A man/boy/girl should love his/her country.’

Fill is a transitive verb. All transitive verbs must have an expressed object.

Enjoy must have an object. When we talk about having a good time, we say enjoy myself/yourself etc.

Here the subject is a pronoun. As per grammatical rules, a pronoun used as a subject should not be separated from its verb if possible.

Some verbs like give and lend must have two expressed objects.

It is considered conceited to put ‘I’ first when there are two subjects.

A pronoun used as subject should not be separated from its verb if possible.

Here the object of the verb see is not washing machine but the whole noun clause.

The indefinite pronouns every, none, much and person are singular words whereas all, some, most, many and people are plural.

In a comparative sentence the same part of two things should be compared. ‘That of, ‘these of’ and ‘those of’ are necessary words often omitted.

The pronouns another, anything, each, everyone, everybody, anyone, someone, somebody, no one, either and neither are singular. Singular nouns and pronouns should be followed by singular verbs.

Incorrect: Everyone of my friends have been invited.
Correct: Everyone of my friends has been invited.

Incorrect: Someone have let the cat in.
Correct: Someone has let the cat in.

Incorrect: Neither of the girls seem to be correct.
Correct: Neither of the girls seems to be correct.

Incorrect: Each of the boys were given a medal.
Correct: Each of the boys was given a medal.

Incorrect: If any of your friends are interested, let me know.
Correct: If any of your friends is interested, let me know.

Notes

When any of, either of, neither of, each of etc., are followed by a plural subject, the verb can be plural in a less careful style. However, students are advised to use singular verbs after these expressions.