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Pronouns

 

              
 

 

Pronouns are used in place of nouns. They enable speakers to refer to something or someone without having to repeat its name.

Example:

    Mr. Jones lives in Kentucky. He frequently travels to Memphis to see his wife. She is a lawyer and only sees him on weekends.

The subject and object pronouns in English are as follows:


    Subject

    I
    You
    He
    She
    It
    We
    They

     


    Object

    Me
    You
    Him
    Her
    It
    Us
    Them

     

Use subject pronouns when the pronoun refers to the doer of the action or the main topic (subject) of the sentence.

    Henry hit a baseball over the fence.
    He didn’t know where it would land.
    It went right through Mrs. Crabby’s window.
    She was furious. She called Henry’s parents and told them what happened.
    Henry had to pay for the window with his hard-earned money.
    He wasn’t too happy about that, but he learned a lesson.
    Now, he only plays baseball at the ball park.


Use object pronouns when the pronoun refers to the receiver of the action or is the object of a prepositional phrase.

    Ms. Lindon met her husband in a gold mine.
    The first time she saw him, she was in love.
    He also liked everything about her.
    He asked her to marry him the next day.
    Many friends joined them in the wedding celebration.


Reminders: Do not use subject pronouns in the object position or vice versa.

WRONG:
Correct:

WRONG:
Correct:

Give the balloon to he.
Give the balloon to him.

Her is the one I want to see.
She is the one I want to see.



Remember to use
he/him when referring to males and she/her when referring to females!

WRONG:
Correct:

WRONG:
Correct:

Mary lived on a farm. He had a little lamb.
Mary lived on a farm. She had a little lamb.

Mr. Smith has gone to Washington. I'll give her the message.
Mr. Smith has gone to Washington. I'll give him the message.

 






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