ACT English 4.5 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 4, Problem 5. Which pronoun fits best in this sentence?
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|Writing Assessment||Pronouns Agreement|
Choice (C) is so glaringly wrong, we can't stand it being in our lives for a second longer.
The underlined clause requires a relative pronoun to introduce it.
All choice (C) has to offer is a pitiful "they," which doesn't work at all, so it has to go.
(D) is all kinds of wrong too. "Which" is usually used to refer to non-human things, like objects.
So, unless these students were tables or doormats, (D) is definitely incorrect.
Now we're left with choices (A) and (B), and it comes down to deciding whether "who" or
"whom" is correct in the sentence.
The rule of thumb here is that "who" is the subject pronoun, while "whom" is the object.
The pronoun we need has to be in the subjective case because the students it stands in for
are the ones who've been studying aeronautics.
This means that "who" is correct, making (A) the right answer.
Wow, how come no teacher ever took us to watch a space shuttle launch?
Hm. Young kids plus large explosive machinery. Guess we can see their reasoning.