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'John and me' or 'John and I': Learn to spot incorrect Pronoun usage

27-DEC-2017 12:59

     

    Pronoun is one of the most important parts of speech and proper understanding of its usage is required for attempting questions like spotting the errors from the section – Verbal Ability. Finding an error in a sentence is a step-by-step process. Students must follow grammar rules while solving such type of questions.

     Pronoun

    Let us understand the grammar usage rules for pronouns.

    Also learn the grammar usage rules for Nouns

    MEANING

    A pronoun is a word that replaces the noun in a sentence.

     Pronoun

    Example:

    Donald Trump began his career with a loan of one million dollars which he took from his mother.

    In this sentence, two pronouns have been used which are ‘he’ and ‘his’.

     

    TYPES

     

    Types of Pronouns

    There are several kinds of pronouns, including:
    •    Personal pronouns (e.g., he, they, she, it)
    •    Demonstrative pronouns (e.g., that, this, these, those)
    •    Interrogative pronouns (e.g., which, who)
    •    Indefinite pronouns (e.g., many, everyone, everything,  none, several, all, each, every)
    •    Possessive pronouns (e.g., mine, his, your, their)
    •    Reciprocal pronouns (e.g., each other, one another)
    •    Relative pronouns (e.g., which, where, who, that)
    •    Reflexive pronouns (e.g., itself, himself)
    •    Intensive pronouns (e.g., itself, himself)

     

    PRONOUN AGREEMENT

    As we now know that pronouns stand in for nouns in a sentence. Therefore, Pronouns follow the same agreement rules as nouns. So when using a pronoun, it is important to be clear about what noun it is replacing.

     Pronoun Agreement

    The first step in tackling a pronoun question is to locate and identify any pronouns in the sentence. Once you've found a pronoun in a Sentence Correction question, check whether it's acting as the subject or the object of the sentence or phrase.

    Subject Object Pronoun Pronoun Examples

    Therefore, you need to answer only two questions for correct usage of pronouns in a sentence which is:

    “Are the forms of pronoun correct and do they agree with the related nouns and other pronouns?”

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