Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

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Although most people think of the Mayans as a single unified empire, they were actually organized in a similar manner to the Greeks. While they were united by a common culture and religion, their government consisted of a number of politically sovereign states. The Mayan calendar (there are actually 2, one religious and one solar) is perhaps their most famous achievement. Based on a year that has little more than 365 days, it is far more accurate than the Gregorian calendar. This enabled the Mayans to predict things like Solar eclipses and the Spring and Autumn equinoxes. You can learn more about the Mayans here.

7/10 Identifying Sentence Errors

The following Sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined portion that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence contains no error, select choice E.

When you are working on an Identifying Sentence Errors questions, start by reading the question carefully. Focus on anything that stands out or sounds wrong. If you don't spot the error right away, work slowly through each underlined portion. Think about all the grammar rules that you know apply. Once you have identified an error, double check that the rest of the sentence is correct as written.

Today more than two million Mayan Indians live in northern Yucat├ín and highland Guatemala in a manner similar to those of their ancestors. No error

For the sake of practice, let's assume that you didn't spot the error on the first read through. Now, take your time and examine each blank carefully. (A) is correct as it is, since it doesn't say "more then" or something like that. (B) has the correct verb conjugation and uses the correct preposition. (C) is idiomatically correct. It should be "similar to" not "similar as." (D) however, has the pronoun "those." Whenever you see a pronoun, make sure that you check the pronoun-antecedent agreement. In this case "those" refers to the "manner" that the Mayan ancestors lived in. Since "manner" is singular, the word "those" should actually be the word "that." Because you have identified an error, you know (E) is not the correct answer.

The correct answer choice is (D)

On 60% of the responses were correct.

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