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Subject Pronouns – Definition, Example and Exercise

Learning English with The AN and freSy

Subject pronoun is an essential topic of parts of speech. In recent years, a number of tricky questions are asked in various competitive examinations on this topic. So it is very useful to learn this topic correctly. To know more about the subject Pronouns you must read through the article.

What is a Subject Pronoun?

Subject pronouns are used in place of nouns. It is placed just before the verb at beginning of the sentence. Subject pronoun acts as a subject in a sentence.

Definition of Subject Pronoun

A word that takes the place of a subject in a sentence is called a subject pronoun. Subject pronouns are used as a subject.

List of Subject Pronoun

There are a few numbers of subject pronouns available in the English language. The complete list of subject pronouns is given below in the box.

Singular Plural
I We
You You
He They
She
It

Subject Pronoun vs Object Pronoun

A subject pronoun is used as a subject. It replaces the subject of a sentence.

The object pronoun is used as an object. It replaces the object of the sentence.

The subject pronoun performs the action of the verb whereas the object pronoun is impacted by the action in a sentence.

The transformation of the subject pronoun into the object pronoun is given below in the box.

Subject pronoun Object pronoun
I Me
You You
He Him
She Her
We Us
They Them
It It

How to Use Subject Pronouns in a Sentence

The subject pronoun is usually placed just before the verb in the first part of the sentence. Subject pronoun behaves as a subject so it may be a person or a thing which performs the action.

How to Use Subject Pronouns in a Compound Subject

A compound subject is made up of two or more nouns or pronouns. We can use plural subject pronouns in place of compound subjects.

The subject pronoun in a compound subject is joined by Conjunctions such as ‘or’, ‘and’, ‘nor’ etc. When a subject pronoun is connected by ‘or’ or ‘nor’ conjunctions, the verb follows the closest subject.

Examples:

  1. Ram and Shyam go to school. => They go to school.
  2. Either he or you is right.
  3. Neither I nor they are wrong.

When to Use Subject Pronouns

A subject pronoun is used in place of a noun which is the subject of the sentence. Subject pronouns can be first, second or third person. It can also be singular or plural.

Examples: I, we, she, he, they, it etc.

Subject Pronoun – Practice Questions:

To know your preparation you must attempt the practice questions which are given below.

  1. ________ am going to school. [ I, we, they ]
  2. _________ are playing football on the field. [ I, she, they ]
  3. Neither he nor ________ was present there. [ She, I, you ]
  4. Either they or __________ am going to a picnic. [ We, I, you ]
  5. Either I or ________ are right. [ She, He, you ]
Answer
  1. I
  2. They
  3. You
  4. I
  5. You

Frequently Asked Questions on Subject Pronouns

Q1. What is a Subject Pronoun?
Answer:

Subject pronouns are used in place of nouns. It is placed just before the verb at beginning of the sentence. Subject pronoun acts as a subject in a sentence.

Q2. Give some examples of Subject pronouns
Answer:

There are a few numbers of subject pronouns in the English language. These are – I, we, he, she, they, it etc.

Q3. What is the difference between the Subject Pronoun and the Object Pronoun?
Answer:

A subject pronoun is used as a subject. It replaces the subject of a sentence.

The object pronoun is used as an object. It replaces the object of the sentence.

The subject pronoun performs the action of the verb whereas the object pronoun is impacted by the action in a sentence.

Subject pronoun Object pronoun
I Me
He His
She Her
They Them
You You
It It
Q4. How do you remember to use Subject Pronouns and Object Pronouns correctly?
Answer:

Subject pronoun does the action. It acts as the subject of the sentence.

An action is received by the object pronoun in a sentence. It acts as an object in a sentence.

I = me

She = her

He = him

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