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Pronouns

This covers the different types of pronouns.
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Allie Sanders

on 8 March 2011

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Transcript of Pronouns

Pronouns... pronouns... and more Pronouns! personal pronouns: Take the place of a specific
person, place, thing, or idea Can be either singular or plural Singular Plural First Person

Second Person

Third Person I, me We, us You You He, him, she, They, them
her, it We will keep the puppy with us. Examples: Which word(s) is the pronoun(s)?
What are the pronouns doing?
Are the pronouns singular or plural? We will keep the puppy with us. refer to the people speaking You may use easybib.com to write the works cited page. You may use easybib.com to write the works cited page. refers to the person being addressed They finished all the chores. They finished all the chores. refers to the people being discussed case of personal pronouns: Personal pronouns have three cases, or forms: Nominative
Objective
Possessive How do you know which case to use? It depends on what the pronoun is doing in the sentence. Questions to ask yourself: Is the pronoun a(n)... Subject?
Complement? (a word or group of words that
complete the meaning of a verb)
Object of a preposition?
Replacement for a noun? The Case Rules: Dorothy and I planted the flowers. 1) Use the nominative case for a personal pronoun in a compound subject. compound subject nominative personal
pronoun 2) Use the objective case for a personal pronoun in a compound object. The sprinkler sprayed Diane and me. objective personal pronoun *hint: When choosing a pronoun for a sentence with a compound subject/object, try saying the sentence without the conjunction and the other subject or object. The sprinkler sprayed [Diane and] me. If the sentence still makes sense WITHOUT the other subject/object, then you have chosen the correct pronoun. 3) Use the nominative case for a personal pronoun after a linking verb. The best gardener was he. nominative personal pronoun Yes, this sounds strange. Yes, it is technically correct.

No, you may not whine about it. linking verb 4) NEVER spell possessive personal pronouns with apostrophes! Her's Their's your's 5) Use possessive pronouns before gerunds. Gerund: -ing form of a verb that is used as a noun Mowing, swimming, training Your mowing the lawn was a big help. possessive pronoun gerund indefinite pronouns: Refers to a noun in a more general way than a noun does Do you know anyone in your class? I have submitted several job applications. Have vague or no antecedents Word or group of words that the pronoun replaces Do you know anyone in your class? indefinite pronoun does not refer to a specific person I have submitted several job applications. indefinite pronoun does not refer to a specific nuumber of applications Which word is the pronoun?
What is the pronoun doing?
Singular or plural? today's funny... Pronoun-antecedent agreement Antecedent: the noun or pronoun a pronoun refers to or replaces ALL pronouns MUST agree with their antecedents in... - number (singular/plural)

- gender (masculine, feminine, neutral)

- person (first, second, third) NOTE: Pronouns are in agreement!
Both "we" and "us" are first person, plural pronouns NOTE: "you" can be either a plural OR singular pronoun; either way, you is in the second person. NOTE: "They" is a plural pronoun; therefore, "they" must refer to the people, not the PERSON, being addressed. Which word(s) is the pronoun(s)?
What are the pronouns doing?
Are the pronouns singular or plural? Which word(s) is the pronoun(s)?
What are the pronouns doing?
Are the pronouns singular or plural? singular Which word is the pronoun?
What is the pronoun doing?
Singular or plural? plural
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