Friday, 14 November 2014

What's a pronoun?

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If you're unsure of what a noun is you can brush up on one of the previous posts above.
 

What's a pronoun?

 
A pronoun is simply a word used instead of a noun. Here are some examples of pronouns ; I, me, you, he, she, it, that, they, each, who, somebody.
 
There are three types of pronouns. These are subject pronouns, object pronouns and possessive pronouns.
 
A subject pronoun is used when a pronoun is the subject of the sentence.
 
I know my name.
 
In this sentence I is the pronoun.
 
Examples of subject pronouns include; he, she, you, they.
 
Examples of object pronouns include; him, her, me, them, us.
 
Examples of possessive pronouns include; his, hers, theirs.
 

How to use pronouns correctly

Pronouns can be singular or plural depending on the subject within the sentence.
 
Singular pronouns such as; I, he, she, everyone, anyone nobody require a singular verb such as is.
 

Pronouns and apostrophes

 
Possessive pronouns such as yours, his, hers, its, ours and theirs, do not need apostrophes. This is a very common mistake in writing.
 
Apostrophes need only be used when there is a contraction such as;
 
it is, it's
 
there is, there's
 
who is, who has, who's

 
 

How to correctly use a reflexive pronoun

A reflexive pronoun is a pronoun that ends in -selves, or -self
 
Myself, yourself, himself, herself
 
Or
 
Ourselves, themselves, themselves
 
Reflexive pronouns are used when the subject and the object of the verb in a sentence refer to the same person.
 
I hurt myself.
 
In this sentence the reflexive pronoun is myself, the object of the verb is hurt.
 

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