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Unit 8: Using Pronouns Correctly

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Melissa Archer

on 16 May 2016

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Transcript of Unit 8: Using Pronouns Correctly

Who? Whom? Whose?
Subject: I, he, we, who
Object: me, him, us, whom
Possessive: my, his, our, whose

Subject: The boy,
, likes to play baseball.
likes to play ball, bought a new bat.

Object: Joe,
the boy
we see at the park, plays ball.
we see at the park, plays ball.

Possessive: Joe,
team is playing, is the pitcher.
Can't we just agree?
The pronoun must always agree with its antecedent in number and gender!

These words are singular: student, person, mom, you--that's easy! It's harder to remember that these words are also singular: team, student body, class, everyone, someone, anyone, no one, etc. See your handout from subject-verb agreement for a reminder about indefinite pronouns).
Using Pronouns Correctly
Appositive & Comparisons: subject or object?
Which is correct?
The students,
Joe and
, are presenting speeches today.
The students,
Joe and
, are presenting speeches today.
And here:
Joe is older, but I am taller than
Joe is older, but I am taller than
Choosing who, whom, or whose is the same as choosing "I, me, or my."
Let's do two examples together.
1. FDR, who was elected four times, helped the nation through the Great Depression and WWII. (Who is the same as "He was elected.").

6. Eleanor, to whom Sara objected as a wife, married FDR at a lavish ceremony. (Whom is the same as "Sara R. objected to her as a wife...")

Group each into one of three circles: singular, plural, or both.
students many mail
person Jason any
some everything colors
people neither few
family committee members
person, family, Jason, everything, neither, committee, mail

students, people, many, colors, few, members

BOTH (choice depends on the context)
some, any

The students, Joe and
are presenting speeches today.
THINK: Joe is presenting; He is presenting. Therefore: Joe and he are presenting.

Joe is older, but I am taller than
THINK: I am taller than he is tall.

Identify the case of the pronoun (subject, object, or possessive).

Want more help understanding antecedents?
What is a Pronoun?
It refers to a person or a thing.

These are
subject pronouns:
I, you, she, he, it, we, they

Object pronouns
me, you, her, him, it, us, them

Possessive pronouns:
my, mine her, hers its
your, yours his our, ours
their, theirs
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