What is the Pronoun?
The pronoun is one of the eight parts of speech of the English Language. The pronoun takes the place of a noun. A noun names something. So why replace the noun in the first place? Read the following paragraph.
Sally woke up early one morning. Sally took a shower, brushed Sally’s teeth and ate breakfast. Then Sally decided to take Sally’s dog for a walk.
Now read the same paragraph but with the use of pronouns.
Sally woke up early one morning. She took a shower, brushed her teeth and ate breakfast. Then she decided to take her dog for a walk.
The second paragraph made use of the pronouns “she” and “her.” Using “Sally” all the time, as in the first paragraph, is boring, cumbersome and repetitive. However, the second paragraph reads much better.
Subject pronouns are used to replace the subject of a sentence. They include: I, you, he she it, we, they. A subject is something we are taking about. Always be careful to use subject pronouns, and not object pronouns, to take the place of subject nouns.
Object pronouns are used to replace the object in a sentence. They include: me, you, him, her, us, them. An object is something that receives an action or completes a prepositional phrase. Always be careful to use object pronouns, and not subject pronouns, to take the place of object nouns.
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