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Personal Pronoun Cases: Personal pronouns are used in the nominative or objective case.
Posted by WOW, Sep 18, 2010.

Personal Pronoun Cases

Posted by WOW, Sep 18, 2010.
Filed in : Articles : Writing_basics : Grammar

Personal pronouns are used in either the nominative case or the objective case.

Nominative case pronouns are: I, you, he, she, it, we, and they, and are used as the subject of a verb or as a predicate nominative after a linking verb.

He went to the store.
It is I.

In the examples above, he is used in the nominative case because it is the subject of the verb went, and I is used as a predicate nominative after the linking verb is.

Objective case pronouns are: we, you, him, her, it, us, and them, and are used as a direct object, an indirect objective, and the object of a preposition.

Jane saw her at the store.
Joe gave him my address.
That job was very difficult for me.

In the examples above the pronouns are used in the objective case because: her is used as a direct object, him is used as an indirect object, and me is used as an object of the preposition.

Confusion often comes with the predicate nominative usage and when using two pronouns connected by 'and'. In the predicate nominative usage, be careful to look at the verb the pronoun follows. If it follows a linking verb (such as the verb to be) you will need the nominative form. When using pronouns combined, try separating them and determining which you would use if it were by itself.

Bob got the book for him and me.

In the example above you would not say for he or for I, therefore you would not use he and I.

See Also
Direct Objects
Linking Verbs

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