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Unit 0

Subject Pronouns

Pronouns

Pronouns are words used to avoid repetitions of a noun.

Subject pronouns replace a subject which is a person or a thing in a sentence.

We distinguish subject pronouns depending on number (singular, plural) and gender (masculine, feminine, neutral).

Subject pronouns are used before verbs in the sentence.

SUBJECTPERSONNUMBERGENDER
I1st personsing.
You2nd personsing.
He3rd personsing.masculine
She3rd personsing.feminine
It3rd personsing.neutral*
We1st personplur. –
You2nd personplur. –
They3rd personplur. –

* (object/animal)

  1. Subject of the verb
    • am fast.
    • You are pretty.
    • He is short.
    • She is beautiful.
    • It is big.
    • We are young.
    • You are athletes.
    • They are fat.
  2. To replace the noun phrase subject and avoid repetitions
    • [n/a]*
    • Andy, take off that hat, you look funny.
    • John is tall and he is also thin.
    • Maria is from Spain, she is Spanish.
    • I like the color red, it is passionate.
    • Julia and I come from France, we are French.
    • You and Peter always talk, you are really talkative.
    • John and Maria are fat, they eat a lot.

*Not applicable to the first person singular.

Subject pronouns are the pronouns used:

  1. As the subject of the verb;
  2. To replace the noun phrase subject and avoid repetitions.

Subject pronouns are used as the subject of the verb, or to replace a noun phrase subject, which has been previously mentioned, and avoid repetitions. They differ in gender and number, and are placed before verbs.

They are: I, you, he, she, it, we, you and they.

For example:
— “I am tall.” = I refers to the speaker. 
— “He is tall.” = He refers to the one specific boy.
— “They are tall.” = They refers to some specific people.

NOTE: If you want to use subject pronouns as a replacement, it is not possible to do so with the first person singular (I).

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context sentence.

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