Let's start this month's blog post with a simple error correction activity. Find the mistakes in the sentences below:
I have a younger sister. She name is Lucy. Lucy is a doctor and he loves helping people. I want to be like she one day.
How many mistakes did you find? If you said none, CONGRATULATIONS you have come to the right place.
This month's tip is all about pronouns. In the sample sentences above there are 3 mistakes and they all are with the pronouns.
A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun---a person, place, or thing—and in the English language there are 5 types of pronouns to choose from with very specific purposes:
The purpose of these words are to add variety and avoid redundancy when speaking and writing. The only problem is learners often get confused or mix up these pronouns which causes unclear statements and misunderstandings.
Can you relate to this problem? Do you ever find yourself mixing up your pronouns while in mid conversation by replacing 'he' for 'she' or 'it' for 'they'? Perhaps you simply use the pronoun 'you' for everything. This is a common mistake. So let's get some clarity and guidance to overcome this issue.
Check out this brief lesson explaining the differences between subject, object, and reflexive pronouns (the most confused forms). This is a great way to practice your listening while clearing up confusion.
And if you need more practice, check out Toyita's World of Grammar for lessons and practice activities.
When to use "me", "myself" and "I" - by Emma Bryce
Check out Beyonce's hit, "Me, Myself, and I" and complete the Listening cloze activity to practice your listening skills while singing along.
1) Pronoun---> a word the replaces a noun (person, place, or thing)
2) Subject pronoun--> goes before the main verb (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they)
3) Object pronoun--> goes after the main verb (me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them)
4) Possessive adjective--> goes before a noun (my, your, his, her, its, our, your, their)
5) Possessive pronoun--> goes after a main verb to show possession or ownership (mine, yours, his, hers, ours, yours, theirs)
6) Reflexive pronoun--> when the subject and the object are the same person (myself, yourself, himself, herself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves)