ReadingESL stories and readings in English for ESL learners
Pronouns are used instead of nouns or noun phrases.
The pronoun that you use depends on two things:
- what noun is being replaced
- what role it plays in the sentence
Form (what they look like):
1. subject pronouns
- Use these pronouns if they are the subject of the sentence.
Example: He knows where to buy the best ice cream.
- or if they are the subject of a clause. Example:
Peter knows what kind of ice cream I like best.
- Subject pronouns are usually followed by a verb.
2. object pronouns
- Object pronouns usually come after the verb.
ice cream cone every day.
- Or object pronounds come after prepositions.
Example: Peter likes to buy ice cream
- There are 2 kinds of possessives, possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns.
- Possessive adjectives come right before the noun they modify:
- Possessive pronouns take the place of a noun AND they show possession.
Example: That car is mine = That car is my
4. reflexive pronouns
- Use reflexive pronouns when the subject and the object of the sentence are the same.
- Reflexive pronouns always act as objects of a sentence.
They can't be the subject of a sentence.