A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. Pronouns can be in one of three cases: Subject, Object, or Possessive.
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. Subject pronouns are typically found before the main verb.
Example: ______ did the job. I, you, he, she, it, we, and they all fit into the blank and are, therefore, subject pronouns.
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. Object pronouns are typically found after the main verb.
Examples: Jean talked to him. Are you talking to me?
Possessive pronouns show ownership and never need apostrophes. Possessive pronouns: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs
Examples: It's a cold morning. The thermometer reached its highest reading.
Indefinite Pronouns can be singular or plural, so watch that your verb agrees with the indefinite pronoun if it is the subject.
- Singular: anybody, anyone, anything, each, everybody, everyone, everything, nobody, nothing, somebody, someone, something.
- Plural: all, both, few, many, most, others, several, some