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# A thesaurus can be a useful tool for writers, providing he knows how

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A thesaurus can be a useful tool for writers, providing he knows how to use it correctly.

(A) writers, providing he knows how to use it
(B) writers, providing he knows how to use such a book
(C) a writer, providing he knows how to use them
(D) writers, providing she knows how to use it
(E) writers, providing they know how to use it

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Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

A thesaurus can be a useful tool for writers, providing he knows how to use it correctly.

(A) writers, providing he knows how to use it
(B) writers, providing he knows how to use such a book
(C) a writer, providing he knows how to use them
(D) writers, providing she knows how to use it
(E) writers, providing they know how to use it

Choice A: This answer choice refers to the plural noun "writers" with the singular pronoun "he". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice B: This answer choice repeats the error found in Option A. Furthermore, this answer choice needlessly utilizes the phrase "such a book" rather than the pronoun "it". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice C: This answer choice uses the plural pronoun "them" to refer to the singular noun "thesaurus". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice D: This answer choice repeats the error found in Option A by using the singular pronoun "she" to refer to the plural noun "writers". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice E: This answer choice maintains agreement between all pronouns and the nouns that they refer to, throughout the sentence. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Hence, E is the best answer choice.

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03 Feb 2020, 04:50
A thesaurus can be a useful tool for writers, providing he knows how to use it correctly.

(A) writers, providing he knows how to use it - SV disagreement
(B) writers, providing he knows how to use such a book - SV disagreemtn
(C) a writer, providing he knows how to use them - we don't know the gender of a writer, hence he/she can not be used
(D) writers, providing she knows how to use it - SV disagreement
(E) writers, providing they know how to use it - Correct
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