ACT English 4.11 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 4, Problem 11. Which word fits best in this sentence?
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The underlined segment definitely sounds wonky in this sentence. Let’s read it aloud.
“So, just how did them two gentlemen manage to get fortunes inside their cookies?”
This is because the pronoun “them” is trying to stand in for the noun “gentleman.”
However, the structure of the sentence makes it such that the noun is fine on its own.
It doesn’t need any pronouns taking its place.
We can definitely cut (A).
Options (D) and (C) have the same issue as (A).
“They” is a regular pronoun and “their” is a possessive pronoun.
The possessive pronoun is particularly wonky because,
as far as we know, these gentlemen didn’t belong to anyone but themselves.
The correct answer is (B), which gives us the word “these.”
In this sentence “these” is being used as a “demonstrative adjective.”
Here, it’s modifying “two gentlemen” by helping to specify which gentlemen we’re talking about.
Though we bet two gentlemen making fortune cookies wouldn’t be too hard to spot.