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Gerunds and Grits
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USING THE CORRECT PRONOUN WITH GERUNDS AND INFINITIVES
- Possessive Pronoun + --ing verbal (gerund), = (his, her, my, your) + (finding, seeking, walking)
- VERB + to be-->nominative pronoun = (he, she, they, we)
- NOUN + to be-->objective pronoun = (him, her, us, them)
GRITS—Girls Raised in the South, Underline the correct pronoun choice.
- They considered the best beauty contestants to be (them, they).
- (Him, His) choosing a Southern bride came as no surprise.
- (Their, Them) preparing black-eyed peas was a requisite for the cooking contest.
- The best dressed scarecrow seemed to be (he, him).
- His daddy’s concern was (him, his) marrying the wrong woman.
- Of the girls he brought home, the best choice seemed to be (she, her).
- His mother wanted the choice to be (her, she) from the South.
- When the babies were born, (their, them) having red hair shocked the parents.
- Grandma Roux just grinned and seemed to be pleased over (him, his) having redheaded babies.
- The majority of Southern beauties with brunette tresses seemed to be (they, them) who won the contests.
Underline the simple subject once and the simple predicate (verb or verbs) twice.
- Southern Belles, one of the best ice cream parlors in Georgia, closed for the hurricane season.
- Closing its doors, the business remained safely encapsulated against the elements.
- Hurricane Harry, numbered among the worst of the season, blew into Charleston on Thursday evening.
- Were they going to find their home still standing after the storm?
- Their livestock roamed throughout the county until returned by neighbors and volunteers.
- Down near the Ouachita River, the ground trembled from the roar of the swollen waters.
- Snakes festooned the lower branches of the giant old trees floating down the river.
- Lawns left brown and slimy by the waters from the flood waters quickly sprouted with green shoots and white mushrooms.
- Spring Fling, the local fair for artists and craftsmen, bloomed along the city sidewalks of downtown Charleston.
- From driftwood debris, the artist created majestically prancing steeds.
Choose the correct pronouns in the following sentences: (sneaky sentences)
- Robinson Jeffers and (him, he) spent the night drinking wine and wailing at the moon.
- (Him, His) having a depressive mental disorder affected the many poems written by Jeffers.
- Many imaginary stallions furiously pounded through the psyche of those who read the poems and felt the mental pulse of this famous recluse.
- Seeing his lighthouse dwelling from afar, the villagers merely guessed at (him, his) living style.
- They decided the best policy to be (them, their) absence from his property.
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Just an exercise in gerunds