English 100 Grammar Exercise #5 on Pronouns and the Semi-colon and Colon
Due Date: Thurs. August 13, 2020
Read all questions and their instructions carefully. Answer the questions as indicated, by modifying the question itself in such a way that it clearly provides the answer, or by rewriting a corrected version in the space below the question.
- Pronoun – Antecedent Agreements
First, identify the antecedent in the sentence by underlining it. Next, look at the bracketed words and circle the correct pronoun in the parentheses each sentence below, making certain that it agrees with its antecedent.
- During early rehearsals, an actor may forget (his or her, their) lines.
- The football team was opportunistic; (it, they) took advantage of every break.
- A person needs to see (his or her, their) dentist twice a year.
- If any of my sisters needs a ride home from the party, (she, they) can call me.
- Some of the antique china has lost (its, their) luster.
- Semicolon: Improve the following sentences by inserting semicolons where necessary or by replacing commas with semicolons, or by rewriting the sentence if necessary.
- Professor George’s Chaucer class bores me, he seems to care more about the language than the literature.
- We had four leading professors on our search committee: Peter Wursthorn, Professor of Mathematics, Ronald Pepin, Professor of English, Cynthia Greenblatt, Professor of Education, and Nadia Linkletter, Professor of Nursing.
- Despite the fact that Sherbrooke is somewhat out of my way; I still intend to visit it.
- Twelve workers started the project only five remain.
- I like cows: they provide milk, which tastes good, they provide beef, which tastes even better, and they provide leather, which is used for the best quality shoes and coats.
III. The Colon: Improve the following sentences by adding or deleting colons where necessary. (Note: Do not rewrite sentences to omit the need for colons, because you are being marked on how to use them properly).
- Mix the ingredients according to these directions sift the flour and salt together, add the milk, and slowly beat in the egg yolk.
- There are three choices in this life, be good, get in good, or give up.
- The Stratford Festival kicks off its exciting new season with the opening of the following plays; King Lear, May 10th; Death of a Salesman, May 15th; and Camelot, May 20th.
- Steve’s opinion that the problem would be solved turned out to be correct, based on his belief in the famous Shakespearean saying. “All’s well that ends well.”
- The following scary creatures are all imaginary; zombies, werewolves, vampires and poltergeists.