I don’t remember whom has the most stock

A) whom has the most stock
B) who have the most stock
C) whom have the more stock
D) who has the most stock
E) whose the most stock


I don’t remember whom has the most stock in the company.


Grammar issue presented: Pronouns (who/whom)

This question gives you the choice between who, whom, and whose. To determine which pronoun to use, rearrange the sentence into a question: Who has the most stock in the company?

You use the subject pronoun who to ask the question, so the answer also requires a subject pronoun: “who.”


A) whom has the most stock
Correct pronoun use? NOWhom is an object pronoun; the sentence requires the subject pronoun who.

B) who have the most stock
Correct pronoun use? YES – The subject pronoun who is correct.
Additional errors? Verb form: The plural verb have does not agree with the singular pronoun who.

C) whom have the more stock
Correct pronoun use? NOWhom is an object pronoun; the sentence requires the subject pronoun who.
Additional errors? Comparisons: The sentence requires the superlative most, not the comparative more.

D) who has the most stock
Correct pronoun use? YES – The subject pronoun who is correct.
Additional errors? NO – the singular verb has agrees with the singular pronoun who.

E) whose the most stock
Correct pronoun use? NOWhose is the possessive form of the pronoun who/whom.

(D) is correct.

Anyone who chooses to be part of our coalition to defend homeless people are required to sign several documents.

A) people are required to sign
B) people is required to sign
C) person is required to sign
D) people are required, signing
E) people is required, signing


Anyone who chooses to be part of our coalition to defend homeless people are required to sign several documents.


Grammar issue presented: Pronouns (singular/plural pronouns)

The subject of this sentence is the singular pronoun Anyone. However, the main verb is plural: are required. The subject and verb must agree, so we need the singular verb is required.


A) people are required to sign
Correct pronoun use? NO – “Anyone” is a singular pronoun; are is plural

B) people is required to sign
Correct pronoun use? YES – “Anyone” is a singular pronoun; “is” is singular
Additional errors? NO

C) person is required to sign
Correct pronoun use? YES – “Anyone” is a singular pronoun; “is” is singular
Additional errors? Nouns: The phrase “coalition for homeless people” implies multiple people; the singular noun “person” is not correct in this context.

D) people are required, signing
Correct pronoun use? NO – “Anyone” is a singular pronoun; “are” is plural

E) people is required, signing
Correct pronoun use? YES – “Anyone” is a singular pronoun; “is” is singular
Additional errors? Verb form: The infinitive form to sign is required; signing is not correct here.

(B) is correct.

It is likely that you and I will not irritate she and John as they are very tolerant people.

A) you and I will not irritate she and John
B) you and me will not irritate she and John
C) you and I will not irritate John and her
D) you and me will not irritate John and her
E) you and myself will not irritate John and she


It is likely that you and I will not irritate she and John as they are very tolerant people.


Grammar issues presented: Pronouns (subject/object pronouns)

In this sentence we are given a choice between “you and I” or “you and me,” or “you and myself” as a compound subject. Pronouns in the subject position must be in the subjective case: you and I, not you and me or you and myself.

There is another compound noun in the sentence, “she and John.” Since this noun is the object of the verb, the pronoun must be in the objective case: her.


A) you and I will not irritate she and John
Correct pronoun use? NO – The compound noun she and John is in the object position, but she is a subject pronoun.

B) you and me will not irritate she and John
Correct pronoun use? NO – The compound noun you and me is in the subject position, but me is an object pronoun.

C) you and I will not irritate John and her
Correct pronoun use? YESI is the correct pronoun in the subject position; her is the correct pronoun in the object position.
Additional errors? NO

D) you and me will not irritate John and her
Correct pronoun use? NO – The compound noun you and me is in the subject position, but me is an object pronoun.

E) you and myself will not irritate John and she
Correct pronoun use? NO – The compound noun you and myself is in the subject position, but myself is a reflexive pronoun and has no antecedent in this sentence.

(C) is correct.

The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies.

A) as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
B) as they were moving through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
C) moving themselves through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
D) as it moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
E) as it moved through challenging four-part harmonies elaborately


The choir sang passionately, as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies.


Grammar issue presented: Pronoun Agreement (singular/plural)

The collective noun choir requires a singular, not plural, pronoun: it.

A) as they moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? NO – choir (singular) : they (plural)

B) as they were moving through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? NO – choir (singular) : they (plural)

C) moving themselves through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? NO – choir (singular) : themselves (plural)

D) as it moved through elaborate and challenging four-part harmonies
Subject/Verb Agreement? YES – choir (singular) : it (plural)
Additional Errors? NO

E) as it moved through challenging four-part harmonies elaborately
Subject/Verb Agreement? YES – choir (singular) : it (plural)
Additional Errors? Sentence Construction: The adverb “elaborately” should be as close as possible to the word it modifies: “moved.”

(D) is correct.

Marston was an early seventeenth-century dramatist, and it is likely that him and Shakespeare borrowed ideas from each other.

A) it is likely that him and Shakespeare borrowed ideas from each other
B) they likely borrowed ideas from each other
C) him and Shakespeare likely borrowed ideas from each other
D) it is likely that himself and Shakespeare borrowed ideas from each other
E) it is likely that he and Shakespeare borrowed ideas from each other


Marston was an early seventeenth-century dramatist, and it is likely that him and Shakespeare borrowed ideas from each other.


Grammar issue presented: Pronoun Agreement (subject vs. object)

This sentence includes a compound subject: [Marston] and Shakespeare. Since Marston is the subject, the corresponding pronoun must be in the subjective case: he and Shakespeare. As it is written, the pronoun him is incorrect because it is in the objective case.


A) it is likely that him and Shakespeare borrowed ideas from each other
Correct pronoun use? NO – The compound noun [Marston] and Shakespeare is in the subject position, but him is an object pronoun.

B) they likely borrowed ideas from each other
Correct pronoun use? NO – The plural pronoun they is ambiguous because one of the subjects, Shakespeare, has been eliminated in this option.

C) him and Shakespeare likely borrowed ideas from each other
Correct pronoun use? NO – The compound noun [Marston] and Shakespeare is in the subject position, but him is an object pronoun.

D) it is likely that himself and Shakespeare borrowed ideas from each other
Correct pronoun use? NO – The compound noun [Marston] and Shakespeare is in the subject position, but himself is a reflexive pronoun.

E) it is likely that he and Shakespeare borrowed ideas from each other
Correct pronoun use? YES – The compound noun [Marston] and Shakespeare is in the subject position, and he is a subject pronoun.
Additional errors? NO

(E) is correct.