Day 8 Quiz

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Jill told Lisa that she has to see Venus through a telescope.

B) they
C) Lisa
D) one

[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Day 8 Answer Explanation” css=”.vc_custom_1487516160354{padding-top: 20px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is an ambiguous pronoun.  WHO exactly has to see Venus through a telescope?  Is it Jill or Lisa?  We don’t know from the sentence so we must clarify this ambiguity.  Therefore it cannot be (A).

(B) “They” is inconsistent with the linking verb “has to” which is singular while ‘they’ is plural.

(D) the indefinite pronoun ‘one’ is also incorrect because we are ‘definitely’ refering to either Jill or Lisa.

(C) Lisa, is the only choice that correctly clarifies who the pronoun ‘she’ refers to.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1487516078846{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Key Grammar Fact To Learn” css=”.vc_custom_1487515954713{padding-top: 20px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When a pronoun doesn’t have a clear antecedent (what the pronoun refers to), it is considered a vague or ambiguous pronoun and needs to be clarified.  This can usually be done simply by providing the name of the person it refers to, as in the example above.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]