IY. THE PRONOUN.
Exercise 1. Point out the pronouns in the following sentences and define the class each belongs to.
1.There is nothing for any of us to do. 2. Both these people were resolved to treat Mr. Polly very well, and to help his exceptional incompetence in every possible way. 3. Tom presented himself before Aunt Polly, who was sitting by an open window in a pleasant reward apartment, which was bed-room, breakfast-room, dining-room, and library combined .4.Such were the reflections of Felix before the brass tablet. 5. It was the sort of solemn warning that a sanguine man gives the others, because he ought to give it to himself. 6. Elizabeth and George talked and found each other delightful. 7. What we need is a higher and purer political morality. 8. She hesitated a moment, and then sat down beside me, and laid her hand on mine. 9. “ I came to see you about something else”.10. None of us except Collingwood knew what the Prime Minister thought of Roger and his policy. 11. There were some aviators in the compartment who did not think much of me. 12. Husbands and wives never listen when they talk to each other, only when the other is talking to somebody else. 13. Let me tell you something. 14. There was at least one person in the
world who knew that he was alive and attached some importance to the fact. 15. He seemed to get prouder and prouder over each of item of his own deficiency. 16. We said good-bye to one another to meet in the autumn.
Exercise 2. Use the appropriate form of the possessive pronoun.
1. She put out ____hand and took out _____ (her, hers; my, mine) 2. “ Let me see your passports”, I gave him ____and Catherine got out of _____handbag (my, mine; her, hers; her, hers) 3. Mind ____own business and I’ll mind ____ (your, yours; my, mine) 4. Dutcher put his hand gently on _____ to calm her (her, hers) 5. The next voice was not the Lieutenant’s but_____ (my, mine) 6. That, at least, is my opinion of him; and I see it is not very far removed from ____(your, yours) 7. _____was not a marriage that could last (their, theirs) 8. ____nerves are as bad as _____ (your, yours; my, mine) 9. His eyes were as bright as ____ (her, hers)
10. After all, this is ____home just as much as _____(your, yours; my, mine) 11. His own hand shook as he accepted a rose or two from ____ and thanked her (her, hers).
Exercise 3. Supply some or any.
1. She had _____children of her own, and ____children of other people in her house. 2. I don’t want ____money. 3. A few had gone beyond the gate, ____were shouting hoarsely, and waving.
4. “ Do you want ____water? “ “ No, I don’t want ____water.” 5. In the town there were ____new hospitals. 6. Well, if you want to know, I have no money, and never had____. 7. “ Couldn’t you find tomato sauce, Barto? “ There wasn’t ____”, he said. 8. Don’t let us have ____ nonsense about this job.
Exercise 4. Supply somebody or anybody, someone or anyone, something, anything.
1. How can ____who has travelled so much be so appallingly juvenile, he wondered? 2. In a town of a sensible size you had a good chance of meeting ____you were looking for. 3. He was wearing a dinner-jacket, unlike___ at the supper-party. 4. “You’ve no business to say such thing!” “ Why not? ____can see it”. 5. There was a light tap on the door. And ____came in.
6. Once upon a time Clennam had sat at that table talking no heed of _____but Flora. 7. Here was ____to remember, to think about. 8. “ look here,” said Hunter at last, “ have you shown that picture to _____?” 9. There is _____nice, anyway, who likes being out instead of in that stuffy drawing-room, playing bridge and talking, talking. 10. The word Germans was ____to be frightened at. We did not want to have ____to do with the Germans. 11. But I can’t do ____for him. 12. He was a rather small man, but there was ____naturally commanding about him.
13. Everyone said he could turn ____into money. 14. I do not know I expected to see, but I did not see _____except the fields and the bare mulberry trees and the rain falling.15. ____is wrong somewhere.
Exercise 5. Point out conjunctive, relative and interrogative pronouns:
1.”Who is that girl with yellow hair and dark eyes,” he asked. 2. Who could tell what his son’s circumstances really were? 3. You don’t want to do anything that you’ll be sorry for. 4. A man is mostly what you want to see in him. 5. What do you expect me to believe? 6. She rises with an air of one who waits and is almost at the end of her patience. 7. It was evident, indeed, that she wished me to drop the subject, which I did accordingly. 8. Would she go with them or stay here and write to William. Which, which should it be. 9. He mentioned things in the play which she most approved of, things swayed her deeply. 10. I do so wonder what Jolyon’s boy is like.
11. What hurt him most was the fact that he was being pursued as a thief.