Posted by: episystechpubs | December 8, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Pronoun Study, Part I

Happy Monday, folks! As I was trying to collect some items for the Twelve Days of Christmas Grammar, I decided we would all have to work on some serious grammar lessons before preparing for any holidays. Over the next couple of days we will have a look at a few topics and then I will send out a quiz. After that, let the potlucks and decorating commence!

Today’s Lesson: Pronouns, Part I

As you probably remember, a noun is a person, place, or thing. A pronoun’s duty in life is to step in and take the place of a noun. This lets us add variety to our sentences and avoid making statements such as, “Mark hates hospitals because Mark hates getting shots.” Let’s start off with a few common pronoun types from Daily Writing Tips. I’ll send you the remainder of the list tomorrow.

1. Subjective personal pronouns. As the name implies, subjective pronouns act as subjects within sentences. They are: I, you, he, she, we, they, and it.

Example: I am going to the bank while he is going to the market.

KC: Johnny Jingle and I are going to the concert. (He and I are the subject of the sentence.)
KC: We are going shopping while you find something to eat. (We are the subject of the sentence.)

2. Objective personal pronouns. These pronouns act as the object of verbs within sentences. They are: me, you, him, her, us, them, and it.

Example: The ball was going to hit me in the face.

KC: Dawn went with John and me to the mall. (John and me are the object of the sentence.)
KC:Katy will come with us if we are going to get lunch. (Us is the object of the sentence.)

3. Possessive personal pronouns. These pronouns are used to indicate possession, and they are placed after the object in question (as opposed to possessive adjectives like my and your, which are placed before the object). They are: mine, yours, his, hers, ours, theirs, and its.

Example of possessive adjective: This is my car.
Example of possessive pronoun: This car is mine.

KC: Example of a bad morning: “Dude, where’s my car?”

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