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Guides For Using Pronouns Correctly
« on: January 18, 2019, 12:38:12 PM »
Guides For Using Pronouns Correctly

Choose subject forms when you use pronouns as subjects.

Correct: He and I saw the fire.
Incorrect: Him and me saw the fire.

He and I are both subjects of the verb saw.
Him and me are not subject forms and should not be used as subjects of sentences.

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

Make sentences using two subject pronouns or a pronoun and a noun as subjects.
Remember to put I last when you speak of yourself and another person.

To Be Continued . . .

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Re: Guides For Using Pronouns Correctly
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2019, 05:45:07 PM »
Use subject forms when you use pronouns as predicate words after linking verbs.

Correct:     That is she.
                 It was I.

Incorrect:   That is her.
                 It was me.

In these sentences the pronouns  she and I help to identify the subject, and so no subject forms are needed.
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Re: Guides For Using Pronouns Correctly
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2019, 12:04:38 PM »
Use object forms when you use pronouns as objects of a verb.Unless you watch carefully, you may make mistakes like the following:

         Incorrect: Mother invited Mary and I.

  If you are guilty of such errors, take out the Mary and and see how the sentence sounds. You would not say, Mother invited I, would you? You would know at once that you should use the object form me after the verb invited: Mother invited me. So you should also say:

         Correct: Mother invited Mary and me.

Use these pronouns as objects of verbs:
             
                me, her, him, us, them, you
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Re: Guides For Using Pronouns Correctly
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2019, 08:01:00 PM »
Use object forms when you use pronouns after words like with, between, to, for, and from. These words are called prepositions. You would  probably not have trouble when using one pronoun after a preposition. You would say: Come with me. I did it for him.  But notice these sentences:

  Correct:   Stand here with him and me.
Incorrect:   Stand here with he and I.

  Here the preposition with has two objects, him and me.
  Both pronouns must have the object form.
  It is incorrect to use the subject forms he and I after a preposition.
 
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Re: Guides For Using Pronouns Correctly
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2019, 09:12:58 AM »
Watch the forms we and us when you use them with nouns. Sometimes it is necessary to use a noun like boys or pupils after we and us to tell whom you mean. If someone should ask Who's going to the picnic? you might say in reply:

We boys are going.        We girls are going.

  The subject we is necessary because we is the subject of are. Boys or girls are extra words.
  If you have trouble in sentences like this, take out the extra word. You would not say: Us are going.  So it would also be incorrect to say: Us boys are going.

Look at this sentence:
                       Jack invited us girls to the game.

In order to see whether us or we is correct in this sentence, you can omit the word girls and say the sentence to yourself. You know that Jack invited we is incorrect; it also is incorrect to say: Jack invited we girls.

If you are in doubt which form to use, drop the noun following the pronoun and then say the sentence.
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Re: Guides For Using Pronouns Correctly
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2019, 09:52:37 PM »
Never use them when those or these is needed. You know that them is an object pronoun and should be used only as the object of a verb or a preposition.  Those is a subject pronoun or an adjective modifying a noun.

Compare these sentences.  Why is the incorrect sentence wrong?

  Correct:  John and those boys played.
Incorrect:  John and them boys played.

Them is an object pronoun and should not be used as an adjective modifying boys.
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Re: Guides For Using Pronouns Correctly
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 01:30:37 PM »
Don't use expressions like yourn, hisself, theirselves, and youse. These are the tramps and vagabonds of language, but you will sometimes hear them used in sentences like the following:

           Correct                                             Incorrect
Is this book yours?                             Is this book yourn?
No, it is theirs.                                   No, it is theirn.
Ben hurt himself.                                Ben hurt hisself.
The girls shouted themselves hoarse.   The girls shouted theirselves hoarse.
Are you boys coming with us?               Are youse boys coming with us?

Do no use unnecessary pronouns. Compare these sentences:

Correct                                    Incorrect:
My father went along.                My father he went along.
My sister sang a solo.                My sister she sang a solo.

In these sentences the subjects father and sister make it easy to know whom the sentence is about.

The pronouns he and she are unnecessary and should be deleted.
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