Chicago Style Workout 8: Personal Pronouns

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This month’s workout, “Personal Pronouns,” centers on sections 5.38–46 of CMOS. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study those sections of the Manual before answering the questions.

Remember: The workouts are all about Chicago! If you’re an expert in MLA, AP, or New York Times style, you might be surprised to find that your instincts don’t quite match Chicago’s. That doesn’t mean that your answer is necessarily “wrong”—it just means it isn’t Chicago style.

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Chicago Style Workout 8: Personal Pronouns (CMOS 5.38–46)

Note: The first five questions are true/false statements based on the guidelines at CMOS 5.38–46; the last five ask you to judge whether the grammar is correct.

1. Although the second-person pronoun you is both singular and plural, it always takes a plural verb, even if only a single person or thing is addressed.
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b.  
2. A personal pronoun agrees in both gender and number with the noun for which it stands.
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b.  
3. All pronouns express both number and gender.
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b.  
4. If a prepositional phrase contains more than one personal-pronoun object, then all the objects must be in the objective case {Will you send an invitation to him and me?}.
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b.  
5. Though technically correct, the nominative pronoun often sounds pedantic or eccentric to the modern ear {Was that he on the phone?}.
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b.  
6. Rupert and she have decided to start up a start-up.
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b.  
7. My sister looks more like him than she looks like me.
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b.  
8. Whoever left their coat on the bus can pick it up in the office.
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b.  
9. This argument is strictly between her and me.
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b.  
10. Taylor and he worked on this for six months before handing it over to Sergei, Barb, and I.
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b.  

 

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