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Pronouns in Comparisons

Pronoun Rule 4 helps you use pronouns in comparisons. This rule helps you sort everyday word pairs like I/me, he/him, she/her, we/us, and they/them.

Before we review this rule, try these three sample sentences.

1.  Officer Gupta has been with the agency three years longer than (I, me).

2.  We have twice as many patrol cars as (they, them).

3.  I told Carole I want to handle domestic violence calls as well as (she, her).

Here are the answers. Notice that adding an extra word at the end will instantly help you choose the correct pronoun.

1.  Officer Gupta has been with the agency three years longer than I (have).

2.  We have twice as many patrol cars as they (do).

3.  I told Carole I want to handle domestic violence calls as well as she (does).

You don’t have to say the extra word aloud (usually am, is, are, has, have, does, or do).

One more tip: Use than, not then, in these comparisons:

The registration was more than two years out of date.  CORRECT

To learn more about Pronoun Rule 4, click  here.

Today’s Quiz ANSWER

The sentence is incorrect. Use passed when you’re writing about an action that already happened. (Thinking about that -ed ending can help.).

Here’s the corrected sentence:

The car passed me going 75 mph in a 50 mph zone. CORRECT

One more tip: Don’t confuse passed with pasted. It happens!

 

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