Quiz : READING COMPREHENSION
1.Which of the following would the best title for the passage?
2.The word inadequate in paragraph 1 could best be replaced by
3.Why did Webster write A Grammatical Institutes of the English Language?
a.He wanted to supplement his income.
b.There were no books available after the Revolutionary War.
c.He felt that British books were not appropriate for American children.
d.The children did not know how to spell.
4.From which publication did Webster earn a lifetime income?
a.Compendious Dictionary of the English Language
b.An American Dictionary of the English Language
c.An American Dictionary of the English Language: Second Edition
d.The American Spelling Book
5.The word considerable in paragraph 1 most nearly means
6.When was An American Dictionary of the English Language published?
7.The word it in the paragraph 2 refers to
8.The word distinct in paragraph 2 is closest in meaning to
9.According to this passage, which one of the following spellings would Webster have approved in his dictionaries?
Problem 42 Pronoun (subject) V
If the weather is good Ellen and I will go to the beach
Incorrect: After Sandy talked them into buying bikes, she and them never drove to school.
Correct : After Sandy talked them into buying bikes, she and they never drove to school.
Incorrect: Frank and us are going to join the same fraternity.
Correct : Frank and we are going to join the same fraternity.
Incorrect: When they have enough money, Pat and her will probably go back to school.
Correct : When they have enough money, Pat and she will probably go back to school.
Problem 43 Subject Pronouns in ComComplement Position
It Be pronoun (subject)
It is he whom the committee has named
Incorrect: This is him speaking.
Correct : This is he speaking.
Incorrect: Didn’t you know that it was us who played the joke?
Correct : Didn’t you know that it was we who played the joke?
Incorrect: I have to admit that it was me who wanted to go.
Correct : I have to admit that it was i who wanted to go.
Problem 44 Object Pronouns
S V pronoun (object)
They asked us, Jane and me, whether we were satisfied
Let us (you and me) try to reach an agreement
Incorrect: Let you and I promise not to quarrel about such unimportant matters anymore.
Correct : let you and mepromise not to quarrel about such unimportant matters anymore.
Incorrect: The bus leaves Ted and she at the corner.
Correct : The bus leaves Ted and her at the corner.
Incorrect: The results of the test surprised they because everyone scored much better than expected.
Correct : The results of the test surprised them because everyone scored much better than expected.
Problem 45. Object Pronouns after prepositions
preposition pronoun (object)
I would be glad to take a massage for her
Incorrect: Among we men, it was he who always acted as the interpreter.
Correct : Among us men, it was he who always acted as the interpreter.
Incorrect: The cake is from Jan, and the flowers are from Larry and we.
Correct : The cake is from Jan, and the flowers are fromLarry and us.
Incorrect: Just between you and I, this isn’t a very good price.
Correct : Just between you and me, this isn’t a very good price.
Problem 46. Possessive Pronouns Before –ing Forms
S V pronouns (possessive) -ing form (noun)
We can count on her helping us
He regretted their misunderstanding him
Incorrect: The doctor insisted on she taking a leave of absence.
Correct : The doctor insisted on her taking a leave of absence.
Incorrect: He is surprised by you having to pay for the accident.
Correct : He is surprised by your having to pay for the accident.
Incorrect: My father approves of me studying in the United States.
Correct : My father approves of my studying in the United States.
Problem 47 Possessive Pronouns Before Parts of the Body
pronoun (possessive) noun (part of the body)
He hurt his arm
Incorrect: Does Alice color the hair?
Correct : Does Alice color her hair ?
Incorrect: The arms are so long that he can’t find shirts to fit him.
Correct :him arms are so long that he can’t find shirts to fit him.
Incorrect: She broke the wrist in the acaccident.
Correct : She broke her wrist in the accident.
Problem 48Relative Pronouns that Refer to Person and Things.
She is the secretary who works in the international office
This is the new typewriter which you ordered
Incorrect: Who is the man which asked the question?
Correct : Who is the man who asked the question?
Incorrect: The person which was recommended for the position did not fulfill the minimum requirement.
Correct : The person who was recommended for the position did not fulfill the minimum requirement.
Incorrect: The student which receives the highest score will be awarded a scholarship.
Correct : The student who receives the highest score will be awarded a scholarship.
Problem 49. Relative Pronouns that refer to Persons
who V Everyone who took the tour was impressed by the paintings
` whom V
He was the only American whom I saw at the conference
Incorrect: He didn’t know who he would take to the party.
Correct : He didn’t know whom he would took to the party.
Incorrect: I know the candidate whom was elected.
Correct : I know the candidate who was elected.
Incorrect: There is often disagreement as to whom is the better student, Bob or Ellen.
Correct : There is often disagreement as to who is the better student, Bob or Ellen.
Problem 50 Reflexive Pronouns
S V pronoun (reflexive)
Some language learners can correct themselves
Incorrect: I had to teach me to swim.
Correct :I had to teach myselfto swim.
Incorrect: Help you to whatever you like.
Correct : Help yourself to whatever you like.
Incorrect: An oven that cleans its is very handy.
Correct : An oven that cleans itself is very handy.
Problem 51 Reciprocal Pronouns
S V pronoun (reciprocal)
My sister and I visit each other about once a week
Incorrect: It is considered cheating when students help each the other one on tests or quizzes.
Correct : It is considered cheating when students help each other one on tests or quizzes.
Incorrect: Jack and Sandra aren’t dating one to the other any more.
Correct : Jack and Sandra aren’t dating each other any more.
Incorrect: They will never find each another at this crowded airport.
Correct : They will never find each other at this crowded airport.