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Pronoun Case

EE295: Chapter Presentation Bedford Handbook p285-295

Thaweechai Ngamlertsirichai

What is pronoun case?


Identify pronouns function in a sentence Type of pronoun case
1. Subjective (nominative) case 2. Objective case 3. Possessive case

Subjective Case Pronoun


As a subject of sentence or As subject complement (predicate noun) Subjective pronouns:
Singular: Plural: 1st Person 2nd Person 3rd Person I you he, she, it we you they

Examples:
Peter has tickets for the show. He (Subject)

The recipient of the award was Susan she


(Subject complement)

Objective Case Pronoun


As a direct, an indirect object, or an object of a preposition Objective pronouns:
Singular: Plural: 1st Person 2nd Person 3rd Person me you him, her, it us you them

Examples:
I will visit Jane tomorrow. her (Direct object) She gave Tom a rose. him (Indirect

object)

Jenny walks away from Rick. him (Object

of preposition)

Possessive Case Pronoun


Show ownership by replacing the possessive adjective and the noun. Possessive pronouns:
Singular: Plural: 1st Person 2nd Person 3rd Person mine yours his, hers, its ours yours theirs

Examples:
That is her book. hers Your seat is on the right, but my seat is on the left. mine

Some problems with pronoun case


Compound word groups
1. Strip away the compound word group 2. Determine the compounds function

Example:
For their anniversary, we took Howard and (her, she) out to dinner. Jim and (I, me) will go to a movie.

Some problems with pronoun case


Pronoun after linking verbs (is, are, was, and were)
Always use the subjective case

Example:
He can have whatever he wants, but what he wants is (she, her). It is (I, me).

Some problems with pronoun case


Appositives
Strip away word group then determine appositives function.

Example:
The two people in charge of this room, Mickey and he, will help you.
Renames the subject, two people

Some problems with pronoun case


Pronoun after than or as
Complete the sentence, determine the meaning

Example:
No one could be as happy as I (am). This help you as much as (it helps) me. I like Bob better than she (likes Bob). I like Bob better than (I like) her.

Some problems with pronoun case


Pronoun is combined with other subject or object
Drop the noun or noun phase

Example:
(We / Us) students can no longer use that room. The administration has given (we / us) students no alternative

Some problems with pronoun case


Pronoun before or after an infinitive
Use objective case

Example:
The young boy want to help James and (I / me) paint the fence. The Supervisor told (he / him) to work late.

Some problems with pronoun case


Pronoun before gerund Use possessive case Example:
We dont mind (you / your) taking carts to the parking lot. We have no record of (you / your) having called our office.

Conclusion
Subjective case pronoun
Subject of a sentence/subordinate clause. Subject complement After linking verb In apposition to the subject Subject of an elliptical clause (than/as)

Conclusion
Objective case pronoun
Direct/indirect object of a sentence Before/after infinitive Object of a preposition In apposition to the object of a verb Object of an elliptical clause (than/as)

Conclusion
Possessive case pronoun
As a noun in a sentence Before gerund in a sentence

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