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Pronouns - personal pronouns (I, me, you etc)

Pronouns are words we use in the place of a full noun.

We have both subject and object pronouns:

 

Subject Object
I me
you you
he him
she her
it it
we us
you you
they them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We use he/him to refer to men, and she/her to refer to women. When we are not sure if we are talking about a man or a woman we use they/them.

This is Jack. He’s my brother. I don’t think you have met him.
This is Angela. She’s my sister. Have you met her before?
Talk to a friend. Ask them to help you.
You could go to a doctor. They might help you.

Subject pronouns

We use subject pronouns as subject of the verb:

I like your dress.
You are late.
He is my friend
It is raining
She is on holiday
We live in England.
They come from London.

 

Warning

Remember: English clauses always have a subject:

His father has just retired. Was a teacher. > He was a teacher.
I’m waiting for my wife. Is late.  > She is late.

If there is no other subject we use it or there. We call this a dummy subject.

 

 Object pronouns

 We use object pronouns:

• as the object of the verb:

Can you help me please?
I can see you.
She doesn’t like him.
I saw her in town today.
We saw them in town yesterday, but they didn’t see us.

• after prepositions:

She is waiting for me.
I’ll get it for you.
Give it to him.
Why are you looking at her?
Don’t take it from us.
I’ll speak to them

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Comments

minor correction on question no. 5. john's should be john.

Hi black_fever,

The 's in John's quit his job is a contracted form of the auxiliary verb have (which here is in its third person singular form: has), so actually the sentence is correct as is.

Thanks for your collaboration!

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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Can you please clear my doubt.In the fourth last sentence,
Have you talked to a lawyer?___________ can tell you your rights.
I am filling he but it is telling that correct answer is they.But lawyer is a masculine,then why it is telling they we don't know about their no. so we must insert he/she.Why they.

Hello prakhar2499,

In English, very few nouns have a specific gender. There are some, such as 'actor' and 'actress', or 'bull' and 'cow', but 'lawyer' is not one of these; 'lawyer' can refer to a man or a woman.

In the sentence you provide the lawyer is not identified. The sentence has an indefinite article ('a lawyer'), meaning that we are talking about any lawyer, not a particular one (in which case it would be 'the lawyer'). Therefore we cannot know if the lawyer is a man or a woman - both are possible. That is why we use 'they' here.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

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