Pronoun Antecedent Agreement Quiz

Level: Pre-Intermediate / Intermediate 

In this pronoun antecedent agreement quiz you are tested on some types of words that learners of English find very difficult, and often make mistakes with. These are some of the words:

  • One
  • Neither
  • Much
  • Each
  • Either
  • Nothing
  • Anyone
  • Both 
  • Several
  • Many
  • Some
  • All
  • Most
  • A lot
  • None

Pronoun Antecedent Agreement Quiz

Choose the correct pronoun to go in the gap.

1.If someone sees a crime, __________ should report it to the police.

Someone is the antecedent and is always treated as singular so it takes the singular pronoun. As no gender is known, we use he or she.

2.Neither of the boys has done __________ homework.

The antecedent is neither (not boys), and neither is always singular, so it has a singular pronoun. It is his (not his or her) because it is referring to males only.

3.Each of the employees works hard in __________ job.

Each is the antecedent and this is always singular, so it takes a singular pronoun. We use his or her as male or female is not specified.

4.Several of the MPs have voted how ____________ want.

Several is always plural so we can use the general plural pronoun.

5.Anybody who wants to come is welcome, but ________ must sign in first

Anybody is always singular so has a singular pronoun. It’s not him or her as these are used as the object. So it must be he or she.

6.Some of the children held _________ mother’s hand.

Some (like all, most, a lot, and none) can be singular or plural depending on the noun in the prepositional phrase (of the children). In this case children is plural so the pronoun is plural. It’s also the possessive pronoun i.e. the children’s mothers.

7.Some of the roof has lost _________ tiles.

In this case the noun is singular (roof) so the pronoun is singular.

8.Both of the women agreed _________ food was not good.

Both is always plural.

9.None of the drivers have passed _________ driving test.

None can be singular or plural, depending on the noun in the prepositional phrase (of the drivers). As it is plural (drivers), the pronoun is the plural (possessive).

10.One of my uncles has changed _________ address.

One is the subject and is singular. And its in relation to a male (uncles) so it is his.

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