Common errors with pronouns - part II
- Incorrect: I and he are friends.
- Correct: He and I are friends.
It is considered conceited to put 'I' first when there are two subjects.
- Incorrect: I with my brother went for a walk.
- Correct: I went for a walk with my brother.
A pronoun used as subject should not be separated from its verb if possible.
- Incorrect: I will see the washing machine whether it works well.
- Correct: I will see whether the washing machine works well.
Here the object of the verb see is not washing machine but the whole noun clause.
- Incorrect: None of us have heard of him.
- Correct: None of us has heard of him.
- Incorrect: People dies when he has nothing to eat.
- Correct: People die when they have nothing to eat.
The indefinite pronouns every, none, much and person are singular words whereas all, some, most, many and people are plural.
- Incorrect: My dogs are smarter than my neighbour.
- Correct: My dogs are smarter than those of my neighbour.
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.
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Kinds of pronouns
Correct usage of personal pronouns Pronouns common mistakes
Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 2 Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 3