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Identify Subject Pronouns

A noun is a person, place, or a thing. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. A subject pronoun takes the place of the subject in a sentence. I, you, we, he, she, it and they are all subject pronouns.

Subject pronouns usually appear at the beginning of a sentence and tell what or whom the sentence is mostly about.

Read the following example sentences. Here, each subject pronoun is underlined.

1. John and I went to the beach last Friday.
We went to the beach last Friday.

('We' takes the place of "John and I")
2. Travis wore his lucky socks to the game.
He wore his lucky socks to the game.

('He' takes the place of "Travis")
3. Nancy enjoys playing on the swings during recess.
She enjoys playing on the swings during recess.

('She' takes the place of "Nancy")
4. Exercise is good for him.
It is good for him.  

('It' takes the place of "Exercise")
5. Mom and Dad went to the grocery store and bought fresh vegetables.
They went to the grocery store and bought fresh vegetables. ('They' takes the place of "Mom and Dad")  

First and Second Person Subject Pronouns
First and second person subject pronouns ('I' and 'You') are not often used as replacement words since they specifically describe or address a point of view.

For example: -
1. I prefer green grapes to red ones.    
  • 'I' cannot be replaced since it is a first person subject pronoun and refers specifically to the person speaking.
2. You earned an award in each category!
  • 'You' cannot be replaced since it is a second person subject pronoun and refers specifically to the person being spoken to.

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