Communication: Noun-Pronoun Agreement 1 (CCEC36)

The learner will identify the correct pronoun to pair with the noun.

Author - Elizabeth Jones


Question 1:

Select the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

Neither the warehouse nor the payroll clerks have the records in _____ files.

Answer 1:

its

Answer 2:

her

Answer 3:

his

Answer 4:

his or her

Answer 5:

their


Correct Answer:

their

Feedback:

Neither the warehouse nor the payroll clerks have the records in their files.

In this example, there are two nouns: “the warehouse,” which is singular, and “the payroll clerks,” which is plural. Because the word “nor” splits the two nouns so that they stand alone instead of together, you need to focus on the closest noun. In this case, the closest noun is “the payroll clerks,” so use the plural pronoun “their.”


Question 2:

Select the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

Either Beth or the sales team will move _____ office today.

Answer 1:

its

Answer 2:

her

Answer 3:

his

Answer 4:

it's

Answer 5:

their


Correct Answer:

its

Feedback:

Either Beth or the sales team will move its office today.

In this example, there are two nouns: “Beth” and “the sales team.” Because the word “or” splits the two nouns so that they stand alone instead of together, focus on the closest noun. In this case, the closest noun is “the sales team.” A team is one unit, so use the singular pronoun “its.”


Question 3:

Select the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

Acme Corporation bases _____ decisions on extensive research.

Answer 1:

its

Answer 2:

her

Answer 3:

his

Answer 4:

it's

Answer 5:

their


Correct Answer:

its

Feedback:

Acme Corporation bases its decisions on extensive research.

If you refer to a company as a whole, it is a single unit, so the noun is singular. However, if you refer to the people who make up the company (“the company employees,” “the members of management,” etc.), the noun will be plural.


Question 4:

Select the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

We learned how the state Occupational Protection Agency develops _____ regulations.

Answer 1:

its

Answer 2:

her

Answer 3:

his

Answer 4:

it's

Answer 5:

their


Correct Answer:

its

Feedback:

We learned how the state Occupational Protection Agency develops its regulations.

If you refer to an agency as a whole, it is a single unit, so the noun is singular. However, if you refer to the people who work for or with the agency (“agency representatives,” “agency employees,” etc.), the noun will be plural.


Question 5:

Select the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

Some of the technicians adjust _____ working hours during the busy summer months.

Answer 1:

its

Answer 2:

her

Answer 3:

his

Answer 4:

it's

Answer 5:

their


Correct Answer:

their

Feedback:

Some of the technicians adjust their working hours during the busy summer months.

 “Some” can be either singular or plural. In this case, “some” refers to “technicians,” which is plural. So, the noun requires a plural pronoun.


Question 6:

Select the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

Some of the candy made _____ way out of the jar last night.

Answer 1:

its

Answer 2:

her

Answer 3:

his

Answer 4:

it's

Answer 5:

their


Correct Answer:

its

Feedback:

Some of the candy made its way out of the jar last night.

 “Some” can be either singular or plural. In this case, “some” refers to “candy,” which is singular. So, the noun requires a singular pronoun.


Question 7:

Select the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

None of the employees want to forfeit _____ vacation benefits.

Answer 1:

its

Answer 2:

her

Answer 3:

his

Answer 4:

his or her

Answer 5:

their


Correct Answer:

their

Feedback:

None of the employees want to forfeit their vacation benefits.

 “None” can be either singular or plural. In this case, “none” refers to “employees,” which is plural. So, the noun requires a plural pronoun.


Question 8:

Select the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

None of the paint lost _____ deep red color.

Answer 1:

its

Answer 2:

her

Answer 3:

his

Answer 4:

it's

Answer 5:

their


Correct Answer:

its

Feedback:

None of the paint lost its deep red color.

 “None” can be either singular or plural.  In this case, “none” refers to “paint,” which is singular.  So, the noun requires a singular pronoun.


Question 9:

Identify the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

All of the committee members attended, but _____ failed to agree on a plan.

Answer 1:

it

Answer 2:

she

Answer 3:

he

Answer 4:

he or she

Answer 5:

they


Correct Answer:

they

Feedback:

All of the committee members attended, but they failed to agree on a plan.

 “All” can be either singular or plural. In this case, “all” refers to “committee members,” which is plural. So, the noun requires a plural pronoun.


Question 10:

Select the correct pronoun to complete this sentence:

All water holds _____ shape when frozen.

Answer 1:

its

Answer 2:

her

Answer 3:

his

Answer 4:

it's

Answer 5:

their


Correct Answer:

its

Feedback:

All water holds its shape when frozen.

 “All” can be either singular or plural. In this case, “all” refers to “water,” which is singular. So, the noun requires a singular pronoun.


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