BA 324 – Business Communication
Fall 2010 – Holmes
Brushing Up Pronoun Skills
Most of you learned pronoun usage a long time ago, but many need a brush up. Here is a brief
exercise to refresh hazy skills. English has three pronoun cases:
Subjective (Nominative) Case
I, we, he, she, it, they, you
Use these pronouns as subjects of verb or as subject complements.
me, us, him, her, it, them, you
Use these pronouns as objects of verb or objects of preposition.
my, mine, her, hers, his, it, its, their, theirs, your, yours
Use these pronouns to show possession. Note: No apostrophes!
Three Frequent Pronoun Problems
1. Compound subjects
My buddy and
] went shopping. [Ignore "my buddy and";
focus on subject of verb.]
2. Compound objects
Send the note to him or
[Ignore "him or"; focus on object
3. Confused possessive pronouns
The bill and
] amendments are on file. [Don't confuse the
with the possessive pronoun
] is the only team making a presentation. [Possessive
pronouns have no apostrophes.]
Underline any pronoun errors in the following. Write a correct form above.
1. Jake asked Erin and I for advice on applying for the internship.