I promised you pronouns last week, forgetting that last week was our break. Sorry.
A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun (go here to see the Schoolhouse Rock production of pronouns; it’s a catchy tune).
Subjective pronouns stand in as the subject of a sentence. They are:
To figure out whether you need a subjective pronoun, try fitting it into this sentence:
have a hard time remembering picky grammar rules. (Note that the verb has to change for the 3nd person form (he/she/it HAS a hard time) but the idea is the same.)
Objective pronouns serve as an object in a sentence. They are:
Again, use a sentence to make sure you’re doing it right:
When you get home, don’t forget to call . (Note here that “you” doesn’t work, but it doesn’t change from subjective to objective, either, so it’s not that big a deal.)
When you have more than one person (or thing) in a grammatical structure, leave everyone (or everything) but the pronoun out to see if you’ve got it right:
My father gave the present to my two brothers and I. Take out “two brothers’ and you’re left with “my father gave the present to I,” which isn’t grammatical. “My father gave the present to my two brothers and me“ is correct.
Her and I are the recipients of the latest round of pink slips. Here, you’d need to change the verb to make the sentence work, but the idea is still the same. We don’t say “Her is the recipient,” so we know that the pronoun needs to be “she.”
There are about a zillion other pronouns , but these are the ones that give people the most trouble.