Pronouns are words used to avoid repetitions.
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.
- Subject of the verb
- I am tall.
- You are pretty.
- He is short.
- She is beautiful.
- It is big.
- We are young.
- You are athletes.
- They are fat.
- To replace the person and avoid repetitions
- 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 colour red, it is passionate.
- Me and Julia come from France, we are French.
- You and Peter always talk, you are really talkative.
- John and Maria are fat, they eat a lot.
*Non applicable for the first person.
Subject pronouns are the pronouns used:
- As the subject of the verb;
- To replace the person and avoid repetitions.
Subject pronouns differ in gender and number. We use subject pronouns for two reasons:
- They can be used as the subject of the verb;
- They can be used to replace a person or thing which has been previously mentioned, to avoid repetitions.
Subject pronouns are placed before verbs in the sentence.
— “He is handsome.” = The pronoun he behaves as a subject. We are talking about one specific boy.
— “Look at David, he is handsome!” = The pronoun he replaces the subject expressed in the first part of the sentence (he = David).
NOTE: If you want to use subject pronouns as a replacement, it is not possible to do this when you need to use the first person singular (I).
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