Error Spotting – Correct Use of Pronouns

Pronouns Error Spotting


Pronouns are words used in place of Nouns.

In this topic, we will discuss in which situations we have to use pronouns and why we use pronouns.

Pronouns are equivalent to Nouns. These are used in place of nouns to avoid repetition of nouns, as repetition of nouns does not sound good.

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Types of Pronouns –


1) Personal Pronouns – Pronouns that takes the place of particular person or thing. It includes 3 persons –

First Person – The person who is speaking.

Second Person – The listener

Third Person – Person/Thing spoken of.


Pronouns Error Spotting personal pronoun


Personal Pronouns are of two types –

  • Possessive Pronouns
  • Reflexive Pronouns


Pronouns Error Spotting possessive and reflexive pronoun


Now, let’s check some examples from Spotting Errors –


1) Myself and Ravi/ will go/ to the party/ on Saturday./ No error.

Error – Myself and Ravi

We cannot write sentence from Reflexive Pronoun (Myself), as we need to clear subject before using Reflexive Pronoun in a sentence.

Correct – Ravi and I will go to the party on Saturday.


2) Let me clear/ that the conflicts on this issue/ is between my wife and myself/ and concerns nobody else./ No errors

Error – Use me in place of myself.

Correct – Let me clear that the conflicts on this issue is between my wife and me and concerns nobody else.


3) Since we are life partners,/ there should be no secret/ between you and I/ No error

Error – Use me in place of I.  

Correct – Since we are life partners there should be no secret between you and me.


2) Demonstrative Pronouns –

Pronouns that refer to antecedent are known as Demonstrative Pronouns. In general, antecedent refers to something that precedes something else. In this context, Antecedent is the word that a pronoun refers back to.


Let’s understand this with some examples –

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  • Use of ‘It’ Use to refer thing, animal etc. which is singular in nature. But there are few other cases also. Let’s discuss them also.


1) Generally we do not use ‘It’, if we know the exact details of the thing, animal etc.

E.g. – Lusy is my cat. She is very naughty.


2) ‘It’ is also used Introductory Subject, to refer time, weather, temperature, distance or to express any natural incidents.

E.g. – It is very hot today.


  • Indefinite Pronouns – Pronouns in which nouns are not clearly mentioned, but are identifiable.

Example –

1) Some have come to annual day function.

2) All students of this session are intelligent.


3) Relative Pronouns or Conjunctive Pronouns –

When two sentences are combined using conjunctions like Who, Whom, Whose, Which, That etc., it is called as Relative Pronouns. These pronouns relate to something in context.


  • Who – For Subject

Example – The girl who is calling is my daughter.


  • Whom – For Object (Usually used Formal occasions and it is grammatically more correct)

Example – The lady whom we met is my cousin.


  • Whose – For Possession

Example – The student whose bag is lost is my son.


  • Which – For Things

Example – The car which is parked near the tree is ours.


  • That – For people and thing


Example – The girl that we met yesterday is my manager.

The book that is lying on table is mine.


Now, let’s check some examples which will help us to find the errors based on Pronouns –


Example 1

I am looking for someone 1) which can take care of my daughter 2) while I go on 3) business tours 4) No error

Error – which can take care of my daughter

Correct – I am looking for someone who can take care of my daughter while I go on business tours.


Example 2

Veg Maggi, that we eat 1) at least twice a week, 2) is one of my family’s 3) favourite meals.4) No error.

Error – No errors.


4) Interrogative Pronouns – Pronouns which are used to ask the questions like who, what, which, whose, whom etc.


Example –

  • What are you talking about?
  • Whose book is this?



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