Instructional Systems Independent Study

Traditional English Grammar

Unit Three: Agreement, Reference, and Case

Some of the most serious and also the most frequently encountered errors in student writing occur because of faulty subject-verb or pronoun-antecedent agreement, weak or vague pronoun reference, or incorrect use of case forms.

The previous two chapters covered parts of speech and sentence parts with some thoroughness. This chapter will concentrate on some of the potential errors that come about through lack of grammatical agreement among sentence parts and through using incorrect forms of certain words.







Unit Three Exercise 3


Directions: Circle each reference of pronoun error and revise the sentences that contain these errors.

Write C in the left hand margin if the sentence is correct.


1. "Walden Two" succeeded because they received enthusiastic support from the academic community.


2. Gertrude Stein visited with Mrs. Ernest Hemingway while she was a free lance writer in Madrid.


3. The ordinary assembly line worker is now well-compensated for his labors, but they have not been able to conquer the monotony of the work.


4. They tell you that you must revise your themes, but most of the time you do not know how to do this.


5. Medical service has not improved much in the last five years though it has gone up in cost.


6. Most people are searching for a quick, easy way to get rich; this is why they are disappointed.


7. Before July 1, most companies have prepared a new fiscal budget which is the deadline.


8. Physicians usually charge their patients a standard fee unless they are poverty stricken.


9. The public speaker is usually enthusiastically received, but it is difficult to earn a living by it.



10. There are millions of people trying to leave the ranks of the unemployed, but they cannot locate it in their communities.



Consult Unit Three for further study if you scored less than 80% on this exercise.