Pronouns Forms and Problems. Test Jan. 13. Reminders. A pronoun is a word that is used in place of a noun. Pronouns may serve as subjects, objects, or possessives. He, she, him, her, you, us, we, they, them, it are all pronouns
Test Jan. 13
Ex: The boss was she.
subject + verb + what? or who?
Example: Crystal gave him it before the class began.
(“him” is the direct object; “it” is the indirect object)
Most pronouns will only be used in a certain case (“she” will always be subjective)
Practice 1, pg. 198
These flowers are from Peter and me.
These flowers are from me.
The Smiths or we will call for you.
We will call for you.
Practice 3, pg. 200
Della has been in the choir longer than we (have).
Practice 4, pg. 201
Ex: Two girls, Diane and she, made all the posters.
She made all the posters.
Us boys or We boys went to the store.
Omit the appositive BOYS to see correct pronoun.
1. Reflexive pronouns are used when the subject and object are the same.I hurt myself.The band call themselves “Dire Straits”.He shot himself.
2. They are used as the object of a preposition, when the subject and the object are the same.I bought a present for myself.She did it by herself. That man is talking to himself.
3. They are used when you want to emphasize the subject.I'll do it myself. They ate all the food themselves.
Example: The dying tree lost all its leaves.
In the above sentence “tree” is the antecedent and “its” is the pronoun.
Incorrect: Each of my sisters has their own room.
Correct: Each of my sisters has her own room.
Incorrect: One’s patience runs thin when I am faced with a slow-moving line at the bank.
Correct: My patience runs thin when I am faced with a slow-moving line at the bank.
Avoid shifting tenses in your writing.
Incorrect: The worst thing about my not writing letters is that you never get any back.
Correct: The worst thing about my not writing letters is that I never get any back.
Everyone is entitled to change his or her mind.
Everyone is entitled to change his mind.
People are entitled to change their minds.
Eva told her mother that she had received a postcard from Alaska.
Who received the postcard, Eva or her mother?
Sometimes this can be cleared up by using the speaker’s exact words:
Eva told her mother, “I received a postcard from Alaska.”