An object pronoun is not the subject of the sentence. It is usually the object that is affected in some way by the subject of the sentence. It might be tricky to get a handle on this definition, but you would be surprised to know just how many object pronouns you use in your everyday life.
Let’s break down just what an objective noun is, using an example sentence:
Mary is the subject of the sentence. The predicate is “ate the ice cream.” The verb is “ate,” and “the ice cream” is the objective noun. Now, let’s replace “the ice cream” with a pronoun to make an object pronoun:
This sentence functions the same way as the first example sentence – except “it” functions as an object pronoun. Simply put, the pronoun is being affected in some way by the “main noun,” or the subject, of the sentence. It shouldn’t be too much more complicated than that. Got the idea?
However, there is an important thing to note about the above example: it uses the word “it.” This is all fine and well, except that “it” can be a normal subject pronoun as well as an object pronoun.
Take for example the following two sentences:
In the first sentence, “it” functions as the subject pronoun. In the second sentence, it functions as an object pronoun. Other pronouns do not work his way. Look at these sentences to see if you can grasp this concept:
In the first example sentence, “she” is a subject pronoun. In the second example, “her” seems to be talking about the same person, but is a pronoun in a different case. In other words, it is an object pronoun.
Most people are more familiar with subject pronouns than object pronouns. So, take an subject pronoun, and select the appropriate object pronoun:
Here is a sample paragraph that contains lots of subject and object pronouns. See if you can point out the different pronouns and identify correctly if they are subject pronouns or object pronouns! Ask a teacher or parent to check your work and help you correct your work.
If you are having trouble memorizing which are which, make some flashcards and practice determining which pronouns are which type, and see if you can rattle off the groups of pronouns from memory.
Some people like to make up a game or song that helps them remember the object pronouns. You might be able to find some of them online, but it can be easier to remember if you make up the song yourself!
Object pronouns are an incredibly important part of the grammar of our everyday life. It is important to understand which pronouns are which, because it can help you understand the written language better.
It is incredibly easy to learn about object pronouns: just try reading the cover of today’s newspaper, and circling all the object pronouns you can find.
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