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The notion that our happiness or our suffering depend upon [#permalink]
27 Jun 2004, 21:47
46% (01:52) correct
53% (00:50) wrong based on 49 sessions
The notion that our happiness or our suffering depend upon ourselves is not always true. (A) our suffering depend upon ourselves (B) our suffering depends upon us (C) our sufferings depend upon ourselves (D) our suffering depend on us (E) our suffering depends upon ourselves
I'd go with B on this one. This has to do with use of reflexive pronoun. As said by enigmatic, A, C and D can be eliminated because they should be singular. It is either happiness or suffering which depends.
B and E are more tricky. Use of reflexive pronoun, as Enigmatic pointed out, needs a person to which that pronoun can reflect:
Ex: I have completed the homework by myself. "myself" has pronoun "I" to which the action of "completing" is reflected.
Ex: The homework has been completed by me. There is no pronoun/person to which the action can be reflected. Hence, you use the subjective form "me"
The original sentence does not have any pronoun/person to which "ourselves" is reflected upon. Hence, use "us". Whenever possible, although it may not sound grammatically wrong, don't overabuse the use of reflexive pronouns (ending in "self")