CU-TEP Error Writing
Day 5 Pronouns / Alternative words
There are 7 types of pronoun. You don’t have to remember the types but you need to use the pronoun itself correctly. I’ll tell you about the pronouns that are usually seen in error identification test.
‘Who’ modifies a person. ‘Whose’ is in between a person and ‘what’ that person owns. ‘Where’ modifies a place. ‘Which’ modifies pretty much everything else.
This/That or These/Those? You can choose the right answer by checking the noun that it’s representing. If the noun is singular then it’s this/that. If the noun is plural, it’s these/those. Another checking point is the verb of that sentence.
Another or the other? This can be very confusing for someone. Let take a look at this example. I have three boxes (yellow, red, blue). This is what I’ll say.
Examples : There are three boxes in the room. One is blue. Another one is red. The other one is blue.
So why am I using ‘another’ in the second sentence? Because I described only the first box. There are still two more left. So I can’t be definite about it. As for the third one, I can use ‘the other’ because there is only one box left to be described. Go to this website for more explanation.
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There are still a lot more pronouns that often appear in error recognition test. GO to this website for a full list with sample sentences.
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Alternative words mean the words that are more appropriate in the sentence. This confusion occurs with words that have close meaning. Here are some words that are often misused.
Continuous indicates that the action never ends. There is no pause between the action.
Example: The moon continuously revolves around the earth.
Continual indicates that the action starts and stops. Then starts and stops again and again.
Example: The students should be tested continually.
Use + to + verb (infinitive form) referring to the action that happened in the past.
Example: I use to be frightened by cats.
be used to
be used to + something (noun form) referring to something that is habitual or typical.
Example: I’m used to waking up early.
Effect is usually used as a noun meaning a result, something that occurs because of something.
Example: The accident is an effect of carelessness.
Affect is usually used as a verb meaning to create an impact on something that is already exists.
Example: The demonstration affects today’s traffic.
much / little / a little / an amount of
This category is used with uncountable nouns only.
Example: A large amount of money was stolen this morning.
many / few / a few / a number of
This category is used with countable nouns only.
Example: A large number of students visited school’s exhibition.
Between is used when referring to two things.
Example: Between the two sisters, the younger one is better at math.
Among is used when referring to three or more things.
Example: Reynold is very outstanding among the 25 students in the same class.