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Complete the Sentence with Correct Pronoun

Singular Pronouns
Pronouns are the words that take the place of nouns. A singular pronoun takes the place of a noun that names only one person, place, or thing.

Here is an example of a singular pronoun taking the place of a singular noun.

EXAMPLE EXPLANATION
• Try to follow Brian's example Brian is a singular (proper) noun.
• Try to follow his example. • The pronoun his takes the place of the noun Brian. His is a singular pronoun.


Plural Pronouns
A plural pronoun takes the place of a noun that names more than one person, place or thing.

Here is an example of a plural pronoun taking the place of a plural noun.

EXAMPLE EXPLANATION
• Mom served kids the lunch. • Kids is a plural noun.
• Mom served them lunch. • The pronoun them takes the place of the noun kids. Them is a plural pronoun.

A list of Singular and Plural Pronouns
The table below contains pronouns that are always singular. These pronouns cannot be used as plural pronouns. When singular pronouns refer to a person, they use either the first, second or third person perspective or place.

Singular Pronouns & Their Perspective
I First person
Me First person
Myself First person
Yourself Second person
He / His / Him / Himself Third person
She / Her  / Hers / Herself Third person
It / Itself Third person

The table below contains pronouns that are always plural. These pronouns cannot be used as singular pronouns. When plural pronouns refer to people, they use either the first, second or third person perspective.

Plural Pronouns & Their Perspective
We First person
Us First person
Ourself First person
Yourselves Second person
They / Them Third person
Themselves Third person

Read the examples below to learn how singular pronouns are used in sentences:

1. I like to swim at the neighborhood pool.
I tells who is speaking, and we know there is only one person speaking.

2. She looked at me with fear.
Me tells who is speaking, and we know there is only one person speaking.

3. I painted the wall by myself.
Myself is used to restate the pronoun I, and we know there is only one person speaking.

4. Did you study by yourself?  
Yourself indicates who is being spoken to and we know there is only one person being spoken to.

5. He was able to fix his car by himself.
He and himself indicates that only one person (male) did the action.

6. She made the cake by herself.
She and herself indicates that only one person (female) did the action.

7. The bird nestled itself into the nest.
Itself indicates one thing, the bird.


Read the examples below to learn how plural pronouns are used in sentences:

1. We went to the corn festival with our grandparents.
We tells who is speaking, and we know there is more than one person speaking.

2. Rachel made us soup for our lunch.
Us tells who is speaking, and we know there is more than one person speaking.

3. We made the dinner by ourselves.
Ourselves is used to restate the pronoun we, and we know there is more than one person speaking.

4. Wow kids! You are really outdoing yourselves with these new brain teasers.  
Yourselves indicates who is being spoken to (kids) and we know there are more than one person being spoken to.

5. Each of them took a different role.
Them is a plural pronoun and indicates that more than one person is being referred to.

6. Heidi and Trina had lunch by themselves.
Themselves indicates that there is more than one person being referred to.

Pronouns that are both singular and plural
Some pronouns can be used as either singular or plural, depending on the context of the sentence. The pronouns you, that, which and who can apply to either one or more than one person, place, thing or idea.

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