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PRONOUNS - Common Errors / Mistakes


Rules:

COMMON ERRORS IN THE USE OF PRONOUNS

1. The Form of a Possessive Adjective or Pronoun Depends on Its Position and Use

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. I am yours humble servant.

  2. That horse is my.

  3. Bring mine hat.

  4. His horse and your are both tired.

  5. That horse of your is tired.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. I am your humble servant.

  2. That horse is mine.

  3. Bring my hat.

  4. His horse and yours are both tired.

  5. That horse of yours is tired.

2. The Indefinite Pronoun "One" Should Not Be Followed by "His," but by "One's"

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. One should take care of his health.

  2. One must mind his own business.

  3. A man should keep one's own promise.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. One should take care of one's health.

  2. One must mind one's own business.

  3. A man should keep his own promise.

3. A Possessive Adjective Should Not Be Used for a Pronoun Combined with a Preposition

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. I hope to receive your good report.

  2. We shall be glad to get your good news.

  3. Your separation distresses me.

  4. His respect is always in my thoughts.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. I hope to receive a good report of you or about you or from you.

  2. We shall be glad to get good news of you.

  3. Separation from you distresses me.

  4. My respect for him is always in my thoughts.

4 First Person Pronoun Should Be Mentioned Last When Coupled with a Pronoun or Noun in the Second or Third Person

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. I and James have come.

  2. This room is for me and him.

  3. That dog is both mine and his.

  4. My horse and yours are both lame.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. James and I have come.

  2. This room is for him and me.

  3. That dog is both his and mine.

  4. Your horse and mine are both lame.

5 Personal and Demonstrative Pronouns Should Not Be Omitted After Transitive Verbs

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. The man is not here. Shall I call?

  2. I have a knife. Do you want?

  3. Bring me the book. I am bringing.

  4. As soon as I entered the room, he told to sit down.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. The man is not here. Shall I call him?

  2. I have a knife. Do you want it?

  3. Bring me the book. I am bringing it.

  4. As soon as I entered the room, he told me to sit down.

6 The Neuter Form of the Relative Pronoun Is Used After All Nouns Except Those Denoting Persons or Personified Things

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. This is the bird who sings.

  2. Are you the man which came here yesterday?

  3. Look at that ape who is climbing up a tree.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. This is the bird which sings.

  2. Are you the man who came here yesterday?

  3. Look at that ape which is climbing up a tree.

7. Such—After This Word the Relative Pronoun Takes the Form of "As"

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. This is not such a book which I expected it to be.

  2. His behaviour was such which could not be pardoned.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. This is not such a book as I expected it to be.

  2. His behaviour was such as could not be pardoned.

8. Same—After This Word the Relative Pronoun Takes the Form of "As" or "That"

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. This is the same mistake which you made before.

  2. This is the same man who came here yesterday.

  3. This is the same book which is yours.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. This is the same mistake that you made before.

  2. This is the same man that came here yesterday.

  3. This is the same book as yours.

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