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WHAT ARE PRONOUNS

A pronoun is a word used in place of a noun.


          Jill will ask Jill’s father for permission.

          Jill will ask her father for permission.

The pronoun ‘her’ is used in place of the noun ‘Jill’.

SINGULAR PRONOUNS :

I                  my, mine              me

You            your, yours          you

He               his                        him

She             her, hers               her

It                 its                        


PLURAL PRONOUNS :

We              our, ours              us

You            your, yours          you

They           their, theirs           them


EXERCISE :

Identify pronouns

1.     Julia promised to give me her book when she is finished with it.

2.     He knew the keys were either his or mine.

3.     We watch the soldiers fire their weapons.

4.     Jim left his lunchbox on my kitchen table.

5.     Our grandfather made the pillowcase for us.



USING SUBJECT PRONOUNS

The following pronouns are subject pronouns.

          Singular:  I,   you,    he,    she,   it.

          Plural:     we,     you,      they


Subject pronouns are used as the subject of a sentence.  If you are unsure about what pronoun to use in a compound subject, try dividing the compound subject into two parts.

          Example:  Sandra and I made tuna sandwich.

                         Sandra made tuna sandwich.

                          I made tuna sandwich.


Only a subject pronoun can be used after a state-of-being verb.

          Example:   The preachers were Bob and Tom.

                           The manager is he.

Note:  The pronoun “us” cannot be used as a subject or with a noun that is the subject.

          Example:   Us boys are going swimming. (Incorrect)

                           We boys are going swimming. (Correct)     
  
EXERCISE

Choose the correct pronoun:

1.     The singers were Miss Crystal and (her, she).

2.     (we, us) girls collected all the coupons.

3.     (Them, they) are my friends from Japan.

4.     The best players are Keisha and (I, me).

5.     Lisa and (her, she) will wash the dishes. 

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