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Personal Pronouns (Objective Case) | (A-Level, Basic)

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Prerequisite: For this lesson, you should know the subjective personal pronouns.

Summary: Subject - Object

Person Singular Plural
First I – me we – us
Second you – you you – you
Third he – him
she – her
it – it
they – them

First, Second, and Third Person Singular and Plural

In grammar, pronouns are called first, seconde, and third person. The pronouns can also be singular (one person or thing) or plural (two or more people or things).

Object of a Verb

You use the objective case of personal pronouns after a verb. The object receives the effect of the verb.

Examples: First Person

Singular

The teacher likes me

Can you see me?

Please give me the book.

Plural

The teacher likes us.

Can you see us?

Please give us the book.

Examples: Second Person

Singular and Plural

The teacher likes you

Can the teacher see you?

I am going to give you the book.

 

Note. You understand when “you” is singular or plural from the context.

Examples: Third Person

Singular

This is John. I know him from school.

Mary is over there. Can you see her.

Here’s the book. Please give it to John.

Plural

John and Mary? I know them from school.

Those are my parents. Can you see them?

Here are the books. Please give them to John.

Object of a Preposition

The objective case of the pronoun is also used as the object of a preposition.

Examples: Object of the preposition

Please give the book to me.

— Do you like this song?
— Yes, I listen to it every day.

Your parents are here. You can go with them now.

— Are you going to the party?
— I don’t know. I want to talk to youabout it first.

Subjective Pronoun without a Verb

If someone asks, “Who is going to the party?” you can answer, “I am!" or “I!”. Saying “I!” does not sound natural. Most people say ”Me!”

You answer, ”Me!” because the pronoun (”me”) does not have the verb after it.

Examples: Subjective pronoun without a verb

— Who are your parents in this picture?
Them. (or They are.)

— Who’s there?
Me! (or: I am!)

— Who is going with me?
Him and her. (or He and she are.)

 

Practice

Practice 1. Fill in the blanks with the correct objective personal pronouns.

Practice 2. Fill in the blanks with the correct objective personal pronouns.

Practice 3. Write sentences using objective personal pronouns.