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Hi,

I need help to understand a thing about pronoun. According to Manhattan SC guide, the sentence "Jose's room is so messy that his mother calls jose a pig" is correct. Here pronoun his refers to Jose's.
However in the problem set, the sentence "Kathy's suitcase was so stuffed that she decided to pack another one" is incorrect and the sentence is corrected by using "Kathy's suitcase was so stuffed that kathy decided to pack another one".

In this case why cant pronoun "She" be used to refer to Kathy like we did with Jose?
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Re: Pronoun confusion! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2012, 04:18
summer101 wrote:
Hi,

I need help to understand a thing about pronoun. According to Manhattan SC guide, the sentence "Jose's room is so messy that his mother calls jose a pig" is correct. Here pronoun his refers to Jose's.
However in the problem set, the sentence "Kathy's suitcase was so stuffed that she decided to pack another one" is incorrect and the sentence is corrected by using "Kathy's suitcase was so stuffed that kathy decided to pack another one".

In this case why cant pronoun "She" be used to refer to Kathy like we did with Jose?



Hi Summer101

As per my understanding,
His/Her/Their is a possesive pronoun which in the 1st example correctly refers to Jose's

but
She/He is a personal pronoun which should refer to the Kathy as in the second example of yours and not to Kathy's

Pls correct me if i'm missing some pt here.

Thanks
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Re: Pronoun confusion! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2012, 04:32
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summer101 wrote:
Hi,

I need help to understand a thing about pronoun. According to Manhattan SC guide, the sentence "Jose's room is so messy that his mother calls jose a pig" is correct. Here pronoun his refers to Jose's.
However in the problem set, the sentence "Kathy's suitcase was so stuffed that she decided to pack another one" is incorrect and the sentence is corrected by using "Kathy's suitcase was so stuffed that kathy decided to pack another one".

In this case why cant pronoun "She" be used to refer to Kathy like we did with Jose?



Hi Summer101

As per my understanding,
His/Her/Their is a possesive pronoun which in the 1st example correctly refers to Jose's

but
She/He is a personal pronoun which should refer to the Kathy as in the second example of yours and not to Kathy's

Pls correct me if i'm missing some pt here.

Thanks
Jatin


Yes Jatin, you are right.

Make a rule. First find out the noun: is it possessive noun or a subject.object noun? Then check the pronoun and it should agree with the noun.
Even as mentioned in MGMAT, "possessive pronoun can refer back to possessive nouns".

In the first case, it is a possessive noun Jose's. So pronoun has to be possessive: his/him.
In second case too, noun is possessive: Kathy's, but pronoun is subject pronoun: she, which is incorrect. To correct it, replace it with proper noun.

It's all logic isn't it? :)
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