Identify Plural Pronouns
Pronouns are the words that take the place of nouns. 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.
|• Kids were playing in the coutyard||• Kids is a plural noun.|
|• They were playing in the courtyard||• The pronoun they takes the place of the noun kids. They is a plural pronoun.|
A list of Plural Pronouns
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 or point of view or place.
|Plural Pronouns & Their Perspective|
|They / Them||Third person|
Read the examples below to learn how plural pronouns are used in sentences -
1. We enjoyed the speeches just as much as the food.
We tells who is speaking, and we know there is more than one person speaking.
2. Mrs. Davis gave us a different assignment.
Us tells who is speaking, and we know there is more than one person speaking.
3. Mary and I decided to wash the car by ourselves.
Ourselves is used to restate the pronoun we, and we know there is more than one person speaking.
4. You and John should try taking the trash out by yourselves.
Yourselves indicates who is being spoken to (You & John) and we know there are more than one person being spoken to.
5. They took the trash out with them.
They and them are both plural pronouns and both indicate that more than one person did the action.
6. Emma and Kate finished the chores by themselves.
Themselves replaces the nouns (Emma and Kate) and indicates that more than one person did the action.
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.