Find the mistake: The puppy stood up slowlywagged their tail, blinked its eyes, and barked.
Correct Answer: GET
Knowledge: Error – Possessive adjective personal pronoun
Explanation: the subject is singular indicating the thing → the possessive must also be the singular indicating the thing,
– Edit: their → its
The puppy stood up slowly, wagged his tail, narrowed his eyes and barked.
If you’ve ever had a pet, you know that they can be a source of joy and companionship. But if you’re not paying attention, you might miss some of the finer details of your pet’s behavior. In the sentence “The puppy stood up slowly, wagged their tail, blinked its eyes, and barked,” there is an error that needs to be corrected.
The mistake in this sentence is the use of the pronoun “their” when referring to the puppy. Since the puppy is singular, the pronoun should be “its” instead of “their.” The correct sentence should read: “The puppy stood up slowly, wagged its tail, blinked its eyes, and barked.”
Using the wrong pronoun can be confusing and lead to misunderstandings. For example, if the sentence had read, “The puppy stood up slowly, wagged their tail, blinked their eyes, and barked,” it would have implied that the puppy was a plural entity, which is not the case. By using the correct pronoun, the sentence clearly conveys that the puppy is a single entity.
It’s important to pay attention to the details when writing about animals, as using the wrong pronoun can lead to confusion. In this case, the correct pronoun to use is “its” when referring to the puppy. By using the correct pronoun, the sentence is clear and easily understood.