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Jun 22 2012   2:46PM GMT

Pronoun quiz: This time it’s personal

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

One grammar problem is almost universal: the personal pronoun. No matter what your literacy level, odds are you have the occasional glitch keeping me, myself, I — and all our friends — straight. This 10-question quiz addresses tricky issues in pronoun decisions. Good luck!

1. The CFO and ____ are very optimistic about the potential of Metro Ethernet.
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

2. The CEO announced that “the final decision on cloud implementation is up to the CFO and ____.”
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

3. If a new employee has only worked in a WYSIWYG interface before, _____ may be very confused by the content management application’s HTML window.
a. he
b. she
c. s/he
d. he or she (alternatively, she or he)
e. they
Which is correct?

4. Personality profiling, in theory at least, should ensure that ____ traits are a good fit for a position.
a. one’s
b. ones
Which is correct?

5. ____ can you trust? Social engineering tactics are so sneaky and phishing attempts are so sophisticated that you’re afraid to click a link in an email from your boss or your bank.
a. Who
b. Whom
Which is correct?

6. I’ve saved the folder to Dropbox and will send the link to _________.
a. he and Charles
b. him and Charles
c. Charles and he
d. Charles and him
Which is correct?

7. I requested copies of the marketing report for other team members and ____.
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

8. Widget Company has announced that ________ testing a new scheduling and tracking software application from NDS.
a. it is
b. they are
Which is correct?

9. The number of security holes found during the penetration test left _________ shaken.
a. the CSO and me
b. the CSO and I
c. the CSO and myself
Which is correct?

10. If you have any more questions, just tweet Peggy or ________.
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

How did you do? Really, we’re curious! You can tweet me @tao_of_grammar, or site director Margaret (Peggy) Rouse @WhatIsDotCom.

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