|Sheba||Shirely, have you heard about pronouns?|
|Shirley||yes, of course. They are used instead of nouns.|
|Sheba||Then, Let's have a fun (game)|
|Sheba||Gary met Joe and his son. Now tell me which is the pronoun?|
|Shirley||Very simple. 'his' is the pronoun.|
|Sheba||Good! What is its case?|
|Shirley||Case! m... m... I don't know, man.|
|Sheba||O, Come on, it is in possessive case. Let's see now - My brother met me in the church. Now, point out the pronoun.|
|Shirley||I think ... it is ...' me'|
|Sheba||you are right; and 'my' is also a pronoun.
me - objective case.
my - possessive case.
|Shirley||I am sorry, I don't know that much.|
|Sheba||Is it. But you can learn soon and easily too. I'll help you, dear.|
Pronoun is a word used instead of a noun.
- Stephen is an engineer. He works in London.
- The students are writing a test. They will finish it soon.
- Ruby is a dancer. She dances gracefully.
- Jon said, " I am learning now".
- The senators said, "We need an agreement".
- I said to Katy, "you need not worry".
- I bought a house. It is very beautiful.
B. PERSONAL PRONOUNS
We have three pronouns :
The Pronouns I, we, you, he, she, it and they are called personal pronouns because they stand for the three persons.
- First person - the person speaking.
- I am writing.
- We are listening
- Second person - the person spoken to.
He said to me, ' you are intelligent'.
- Third person - the person spoken of.
- I said to him, "He is tall".
- "She is tall".
- "It is tall".
- "They are tall".
C. Forms of Pronouns (Cases)
|Persons||Number||Gender||Subjective||Objective/Accusative||Possessive I||Possessive II|
|POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES||POSSESSIVE PRONOUN|
|That is my house.||This house is mine.|
|We play in our garden.||That garden is ours.|
|Bring me your book.||This book is yours.|
|This is her bag.||The bag is hers.|
|Mr. Jacob is their father.||The house is theirs.|
|(They qualify the nouns)||(shows just possession)|
'His' can be used both as possessive adjective and possessive pronoun.
- This is his pen. ( possessive adjective )
- This pen is his. ( possessive pronoun)