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Sentence Correction 19

    My mother bought ice creams for my brother and me, but she didn’t buy one herself.

    1. for my brother and me, but she didn’t buy one for herself.
    2. for my brother and myself, but she didn’t buy herself one.
    3. for my brother and I, but she didn’t buy one for her.
    4. for my brother and I, but she didn’t buy one for herself.

 

  • Correct Answer
    Choice (A)

Detailed Solution

The pronoun ‘I’ is a subject pronoun, used when one is the doer of the action. The pronoun ‘me’, on the other hand, is an object pronoun. It is used when one is the receiver of the action.

The pronoun to be used in the given sentence is ‘me’, as it refers to the receiver of the action ‘bought’. My mother bought ice creams for me (not for I).

Note that the use of the reflexive pronoun, ‘myself’ is also incorrect. A reflexive pronoun is used to reflect or emphasize its antecedent, the word the pronoun stands in for. ‘My mother bought ice-creams for myself’ is incorrect.

The other error in the given sentence is in the phrase ‘didn’t buy one herself’. This implies that she didn’t buy the ice-creams, someone else did it for her. Clearly, that’s not what is meant. She didn’t buy one for herself. You could also say, ‘she didn’t buy herself one’.

Correct Answer: A



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