ACT English 5.7 Passage Drill

ACT English: Passage Drill 5, Problem 7. Which spelling of the underlined word is correct in this sentence?

ACT EnglishPassage Drill
Grammar and UsagePronouns
LanguageEnglish Language
Product TypeACT English

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It may not sound like it, but we just said three words with three completely different meanings.

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The sentence in question requires the version of the word that’s a possessive pronoun.

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Whichever word we choose has to tell us that these webs belong to orb-weaving spiders.

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Trust us, you don’t want to challenge an orb-weaver over ownership of its web.

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Option (A) suggests the word “there” spelled T.H.E.R.E, but this is incorrect.

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This version of the word definitely gets points for versatility. It can be an adverb, adjective,

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noun, pronoun, or interjection, depending on how it’s used in a sentence.

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One thing it can never be, however, is a possessive pronoun.

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So (A) is off the list.

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Now let’s take a look at choice (B), which suggests “they’re” spelled T.H.E.Y. apostrophe R.E.

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This option is also wrong because it’s a contraction for “they are,”

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not a possessive pronoun. If we ever get confused about this idea,

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we just say the sentence with “they are” in it instead of “they’re.”

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Listen to this...

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“They are webs are complex nets...”

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Sounds like one too many “ares,” right?

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This sentence needs another verb like it needs a hole in its head, so we’ll nix choice (B).

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The correct choice is answer (C).

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Their, T.H.E.I.R., is the correct spelling of the possessive pronoun “their.”

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Now those orb-weavers can be reassured that everybody knows to whom those webs belong.