Subject Pronouns and Object Pronouns: Useful Rules & Usage

How to use subject pronouns and object pronouns correctly? Sentences would get boring, tedious, and difficult to read if we had to use the same words over and over again. Thankfully, we have pronouns to help make our sentences become clearer, less awkward, and smoother. They prevent us from repeating the same nouns over and over.

What exactly is a pronoun? It is a word that takes the place of a noun. It replaces and performs the same actions as the noun in a sentence. A reminder that a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea.

What Are Subject Pronouns and Object Pronouns?

Two types of pronouns are subject and object pronouns. Deciding which one of them to use is dependent on the subject or action in the sentence. Subject pronouns are not the same as object pronouns. The subject pronoun will replace the subject in a sentence. The object pronoun will replace the object in the sentence. How do we do that? Once we have looked for the subject and the action in the sentence, we can determine the pronoun to replace it.

The subject of a sentence is the noun which is doing the action.

The object of a sentence is the noun that is having the action done to it.

This is shown in the following sentences.

  • Bryce wrote a letter

Bryce is the subject. He is performing the action.
Letter is the object. It is having the action performed to it.

  • Students (subject) ate their lunch (object).
  • The clown (subject) juggled three balls (object)

How to Use Subject and Object Pronouns

Which pronouns belong to the subject and which pronouns belong to the object?

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

Subject Pronouns

Subject pronouns take the place of the part of the sentence which is performing the action.

  • I: “I like running.”
  • You: “You work hard.”
  • He/She/It: “She draws pictures.”
  • We: “We drink water.”
  • They: “They play games.”

The following sentences show the noun and subject pronoun replacing each other.

  • We learned about the Anasazi people.
  • The class learned about the Anasazi people.

 

  • She asked Lia and Ann to report on cliff dwellings.
  • The teacher asked Lia and Ann to report on cliff dwellings.

Object Pronouns

Object pronouns take the place of the part of the sentence which has the action being performed to it.

  • Me: “Tom called me.
  • You: “Mr. Thompson saw you.”
  • Him/Her/It: “Jason likes her.”
  • Us: “Mrs. Smith listens to us.
  • Them: “Mom emailed them.”

The following sentences show the noun and object pronoun replacing each.

  • Like many civilizationsit depended on crops.
  • Like many civilizations, Egyptians depended on crops.

 

  • Little rain fell, but the camper used it to wash his arm pits.
  • Little rain fell, but the camper used the water to wash his arm pits.

When using subject and object pronouns, the first step is always to determine which noun is performing the action and which is having the action performed to it. From there, you will know which pronoun to use in the sentence and where. Proper use of these pronouns will add to your writing skill and will create an exciting and smoother read from your audience.

Learn more about possessive adjectives in English grammar. 

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