Agriculture
Keeping Bugs Away from Food
Hungry bug seeks hot meal
Springing forward
Amphibians
Newts
Toads
Salamanders and Newts
Animals
Monkey Math
Ants on Stilts
Revenge of the Cowbirds
Behavior
Fish needs see-through head
Seeing red means danger ahead
Taking a Spill for Science
Birds
Hawks
Turkeys
Backyard Birds
Chemistry and Materials
Batteries built by Viruses
Heaviest named element is official
Lighting goes digital
Computers
The Book of Life
Galaxies on the go
The solar system's biggest junkyard
Dinosaurs and Fossils
The man who rocked biology to its core
Battling Mastodons
A Dino King's Ancestor
E Learning Jamaica
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Earth
Riding to Earth's Core
Polar Ice Feels the Heat
Deep Drilling at Sea
Environment
Alien Invasions
Fungus Hunt
Ready, unplug, drive
Finding the Past
Chicken of the Sea
A Big Discovery about Little People
Oldest Writing in the New World
Fish
Pygmy Sharks
Megamouth Sharks
Bass
Food and Nutrition
Chocolate Rules
A Taste for Cheese
Chew for Health
GSAT English Rules
Who vs. That vs. Which
Who vs. Whom
Capitalization Rules
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
Ministry of Education Announces 82 GSAT Scholarships for 2010
GSAT stars reap scholarship glory
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
GSAT Practice Papers | GSAT Mathematics | Maths
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
GSAT Scholarship
GSAT Mathematics
Play for Science
Monkeys Count
Deep-space dancers
Human Body
Disease Detectives
Running with Sneaker Science
From Stem Cell to Any Cell
Invertebrates
Crawfish
Camel Spiders
Scorpions
Mammals
Glider
African Ostrich
Quokkas
Parents
Children and Media
Expert report highlights the importance to parents of reading to children!
Raise a Lifelong Reader by Reading Aloud
Physics
Spin, Splat, and Scramble
Dreams of Floating in Space
Hold on to your stars, ladies and gentlemen
Plants
Stalking Plants by Scent
Fungus Hunt
When Fungi and Algae Marry
Reptiles
Iguanas
Box Turtles
Komodo Dragons
Space and Astronomy
Witnessing a Rare Venus Eclipse
A Moon's Icy Spray
Burst Busters
Technology and Engineering
Space Umbrellas to Shield Earth
A Clean Getaway
Sugar Power for Cell Phones
The Parts of Speech
Adjectives and Adverbs
What is a Noun
Problems with Prepositions
Transportation
Middle school science adventures
Ready, unplug, drive
Robots on a Rocky Road
Weather
The Best Defense Is a Good Snow Fence
Recipe for a Hurricane
Catching Some Rays
Add your Article

Pronouns

Definition:

A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. Pronouns can be in one of three cases: Subject, Object, or Possessive.

Rule 1

Subject pronouns are used when the pronoun is the subject of the sentence. You can remember subject pronouns easily by filling in the blank subject space for a simple sentence.

Example:
______ did the job.
I, you, he, she, it, we, and they all fit into the blank and are, therefore, subject pronouns.

Rule 2

Subject pronouns are also used if they rename the subject. They follow to be verbs such asis, are, was, were, am, and will be.

Examples:
It is he.
This is she speaking.
It is we who are responsible for the decision to downsize.

NOTE: In spoken English, most people tend to follow to be verbs with object pronouns. Many English teachers support (or at least have given in to) this distinction between written and spoken English.

Example:
It could have been them.

Better:
It could have been they.

Example:
It is just me at the door.

Better:
It is just I at the door.

Rule 3

Object pronouns are used everywhere else (direct object, indirect object, object of the preposition). Object pronouns are me, you, him, her, it, us, and them.

Examples:
Jean talked to him.
Are you talking to me?

To be able to choose pronouns correctly, you must learn to identify clauses. A clause is a group of words containing a verb and subject.

Rule 4a

A strong clause can stand on its own.

Examples:
She is hungry.
I am feeling well today.

Rule 4b

A weak clause begins with words such as although, since, if, when, and because. Weak clauses cannot stand on their own.

Examples:
Although she is hungry...
If she is hungry...
Since I am feeling well...

Rule 4c

If a sentence contains more than one clause, isolate the clauses so that you can decide which pronoun is correct.

Examples:

Weak

Strong

[Although she is hungry,]

[she will give him some of her food.]

[Although this gift is for him,]

[I would like you to have it too.]

Rule 5

To decide whether to use the subject or object pronoun after the words than or as, mentally complete the sentence.

Examples:
Tranh is as smart as she/her.
If we mentally complete the sentence, we would say, "Tranh is as smart as she is." Therefore, she is the correct answer.

Zoe is taller than I/me.
Mentally completing the sentence, we have, "Zoe is taller than I am."

Daniel would rather talk to her than I/me.
We can mentally complete this sentence in two ways: "Daniel would rather talk to her than to me." OR "Daniel would rather talk to her than I would." As you can see, the meaning will change depending on the pronoun you choose.

Rule 6

Possessive pronouns show ownership and never need apostrophes.
Possessive pronouns: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs

NOTE: The only time it's has an apostrophe is when it is a contraction for it is or it has.

Examples:
It's a cold morning.
The thermometer reached its highest reading.

Rule 7

Reflexive pronouns - myself, himself, herself, itself, themselves, ourselves, yourself, yourselves- should be used only when they refer back to another word in the sentence.

Correct:
I worked myself to the bone.

Incorrect:
My brother and myself did it.
The word myself does not refer back to another word.

Correct:
My brother and I did it.

Incorrect:
Please give it to John or myself.

Correct:
Please give it to John or me.

I need more understanding


I'm ready for the quiz

Pronouns









Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™