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Commas unit 16

Troublesome Pronouns
Unit 16


Unit 16 Troublesome Pronouns
Personal Pronouns






After Verb To Be
As Part of Compound Subjects
After Prepositions
As Objects of Verbs
After As or Than

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Personal Pronouns after Verb
To Be
When one or more personal pronouns follow a
form of the verb to be (am, are, is, was, were),
use the following pronouns:
 Singular:

I, you, he, she it
 Plural: we, you, they


It was I.



The drivers are he and they.

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Tryout Sentences
1. Unfortunately, it is (she, her) who is ill.
2. Didn’t you know that it was (I, me) who called?
3. The person who won the award should have been
(he, him).
4. We learned that it was (they, them) who broke the
window.
5. If it were (I, me), no reply would be necessary.
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Personal Pronouns As Part of
Compound Subjects
When a personal pronoun is part of a


compound subject (two or more subjects joined
by and), use the following pronouns:
 Singular:

I, you, he, she, it
 Plural: we, you, they


Roxanne and he are friends.



My friend and I went shopping.

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Tryout Sentences
1. Bert and (I, me) are traveling together this
summer.
2. Did you know that Mel and (she, her) bought a
dog?
3. (We, Us) and the other women are forming a
bowling team.
4. I just learned that Una and (he, him) are engaged.
5. (He, Him) and (she, her) are the team leaders.
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Personal Pronouns after
Prepositions
A preposition is a word that connects a noun or
pronoun with the body of the sentence. When one or
more personal pronouns follow a preposition, use the
following pronouns:
 Singular:
 Plural:

me, you, him, her, it

us, you, them

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Personal Pronouns after
Prepositions (cont)
Mick

went with us.

Mick

went with us and them.

You

will hear from me.

You

will hear from me and him.

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Tryout Sentences
1. Rolf refused to go with Suzette and (I, me).
2. The bus left without Ramie and (she, her).
3. J. R.’s pet monkey runs behind (he, him) and
Mandy.
4. Please stand between (we, us) and (they, them).
5. The firefighter ran through the smoke toward
Jeremiah and (I, me).
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Personal Pronouns as
Objects of Verbs
When a personal pronoun is the object of the
verb, use the following pronouns:
 Singular:
 Plural:

me, you, him, her, it

us, you, them



Give Nellie and me the flag.



Rosangela brought Mitch and her a gift.

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Tryout Sentences
1. Cora is taking her sister and (we, us) to the park.
2. Nettie, please drive Luke and (I, me) to the
airport.
3. The police are seeking Lionel and (he, him), who
are lost.
4. Did you know that Tetsuya invited Geneva and
(she, her) to his graduation?
5. Our grocer gave Salim and (I, me) some fruit.
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Personal Pronouns after
As or Than
When a personal pronoun follows the words as
or than, determine the pronoun by mentally
inserting the omitted words.


Would you prefer to speak to Janelle rather than
(to) him?



Do you like Zachary as well as (you like) her?

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Tryout Sentences
1. Genaro earns more money than (he, him).
2. Their cat likes Chloe better than (I, me).
3. Maribel enjoys doing the same things as (I, me).
4. I would rather give my vote to Richard than (she,
her).
5. Rusty is not as curious about the stranger as (we,
us).
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