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TUTORIAL # 2 -- PRONOUNS (PART 1)
REVISION: A pronoun is a word which usually ap-
pears in place of a noun or noun phrase.
(S1) The boys are playing in the savanna (noun
phrase) or They (Pronoun) are playing in
(S2) Mummy baked a scrumptious chocolate
cake for Helen (noun phrase) or Mummy
baked it (Pronoun) for Helen.
NOTE: There are seven (7) types of pronouns.
These are:- PERSONAL, POSSESSIVE, RELATIVE,
INTERROGATIVE, INDEFINITE, REFLEXIVE and
A. PERSONAL PRONOUNS:- (1) Subject Pro-
These are words which replace nouns / noun
phrases that are the Subjects in sentences.
Subject Pronouns include I, you, he, she, it, we,
you, they and these answer the question
"Who" or "What" before the verb.
(S1) The men [They] were waiting for the maxi
taxi. (Who were waiting?)
(S2) On seeing its master, the dog (It) happily
wagged its tail. (What wagged its tail?)
(S3) Can Simone [she] assist me with this
(S4) Wayne and I [we] enjoy playing table
Practice Exercise: 1
Replace each underlined noun/noun phrase with a
suitable subject pronoun.
(a) The goats (____________) were grazing in the
(b) Didn't you know that that woman
(______________) is my aunt?
(c) Elise and I (______________) will go to the cin-
(d) Mr. Davis (____________) is my father's closest
(e) Scarborough (____________) is a very busy
* NOTE -- Subject Pronouns also follow the verb
(a) It was he who told me about it.
(b) It was they whom we met last week.
Practice Exercise: 2
Circle the correct pronoun within the brackets.
(a) Is it (she; her) who lent you the magazine?
(b) It was (we; us) who won the competition, last
(c) Wasn't it (me; I) who gave you that present?
(d) It is (he; him) whom we saw this morning.
(e) Wasn't it (them; they) who witnessed the acci-
B. PERSONAL PRONOUNS:- (2) Object Pronouns
These pronouns replace nouns / noun phrases
that are the Objects in sentences. Object Pro-
nouns include me, us, you, him, her, them and
it and answer the questions "Who" or "What"
after the verb.
(S1) Narine bowled the ball (it) for six runs over
the boundary. (What did Narine bowl?)
(S2) We met a very interesting person (him or
her) last week.
* NOTE: Object Pronouns are also used after
(S1) The bus sped towards (Prep.) the town
(S2) Ken gave twenty dollars to (Prep.) Dave
and Selwyn (them).
Practice Exercise: 2
Write, within the brackets, a suitable pronoun to
replace each underlined noun / noun phrase.
(a) Brian had three colourful birds (___________) in
(b) We are accompanying Marie (___________) to
the museum tomorrow.
(c) Daddy showed the workman (__________) all
that he had to do.
(d) Cindy shared the pie between Natasha and me
(e) Gerry put his piece of pizza (________) on the
B. INTERROGATIVE PRONOUNS
These pronouns introduce questions and in-
clude who? whose? which? what? and whom?
WHO? asks questions only about persons.
Who are you? Who is standing in the corner?
WHOSE? seeks information about ownership.
Whose bag is this? or Whose is this?
WHICH? is used with persons or things
Which is your aunt? Which is the larger build-
WHAT? seeks information about people and
What is your address? What are you playing?
WHOM? Seeks information about people.
Whom did you meet at the match?
N.B. Interrogative Pronouns often follow certain
prepositions. Example: at, for, from, with, to and so
From whom did you receive that gift? At whom
are you looking?
Practice Exercise: 4
Use the pronouns given above in B to complete
the following sentences.
(i) ______________ is the bigger piece of cake?
(ii) ______________ are you giving her?
(iii)______________ will be arriving next week?
(iv)______________ are those?
(v) For ______________ are you searching?
C. POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS
These show ownership and include 'mine',
'yours', 'his', 'hers', 'ours' and 'theirs.'
(S1) My story is exciting as your story (yours).
(S2) Your skirt is on the line but my skirt
(mine) is in the closet.
Practice Exercise: 5
Put a tick over the correct possessive pronoun to
complete the following sentences.
(a) That bicycle belongs to us. It is (his; ours).
(b) Ms. Adams gave them the awards. The awards
are (theirs ; ours).
(c) Your jersey is on the rack but my jersey (yours;
mine) is in the drawer.
Continued on next page
IN THIS TUTORIAL, we will learn about and
use the following pronouns:--
(1) Personal Pronouns:-
Subject and Object Pronouns.
(2) Possessive pronouns
(3) Interrogative Pronouns
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