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Sentence Correction: Pronoun Questions - Ambiguity

When he asked the manager about the absence of the handyman he had hired the previous day, the head of the R & D division in Argotech Labs was shocked to discover that she had fired him.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is stylistically flawed. The pronoun him is ambiguous because it agrees with more than one noun. It is unclear to whom it refers - to the head of the R & D or to the handyman.

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Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original ambiguity mistake, it is grammatically incorrect. The singular subject the head of the R & D division in Argotech Labs does not agree with the plural verb were.

You're right!

This answer choice corrects the original ambiguity mistake by replacing the ambiguous pronoun him with the words the new employee.

This answer choice repeats the original mistake. The pronoun him is ambiguous because it agrees with more than one noun. It is unclear to whom him refers - to the R & D division head or to the handyman.

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Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the original mistake. The pronoun him is ambiguous because it agrees with more than one noun. It is unclear to whom it refers - to the R&D division head or to the handyman.

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In addition, this answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The singular subject the R&D division head in Argotech Labs does not agree with the plural verb were.

the head of the R & D division in Argotech Labs was shocked to discover that she had fired him

the head of the R & D division in Argotech Labs were shocked to discover that she had fired the new employee

the head of the R & D division in Argotech Labs was shocked to discover that she had fired the new employee

the R & D division head in Argotech Labs was shocked to discover that she had fired him

the R&D division head in Argotech Labs were shocked to discover that she had fired him