ACT English 4.1 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 4, Problem 1. How would you correct the following sentence, if at all?
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For this one we need to know a little something about subjective and objective case.
Fortunately it's not too hard. So we don't need a brain the size of Texas to do so.
The subject of a sentence is the person or thing doing something....
...and the object is the thing having something done to it.
So in our sentence here, "people" is the subject, because the people are the ones considering doing something.
This places "they" in the object position.
Since they're the things being considered.
The prepositional phrase that kicks off that sentence also lets us know that "they" are spiders.
But that's not important right now. Unfortunately, for our original sentence however...
..."they" is in the subjective case, not the objective.
Therefore we can cross out choice A and continue our hunt for the objective form of the word.
Choice B doesn't fit the bill either, because "their" is the possessive form of a pronoun.
We can also eliminate choice D. "These" refers to a choice of two things nearby.
Since the sentence is referring to spiders in general and not
spiders in the room with somebody, this is definitely incorrect.
This leaves us with C, which correctly uses the objective pronoun "them".
We always encourage people to be kind to spiders.
Think how much trouble our world would be in right now if somebody had smooshed
that radioactive spider before it bit Peter Parker.