English Language Review: Personal Pronouns Are Confusing!

The United Nations celebrates  ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAY in April. The Day is celebrated on April 23rd, the date traditionally observed as the birthday of William Shakespeare.Shakesspeare

The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization’s six official languages. The purpose of the UN’s language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization. Under the initiative, UN duty stations around the world celebrate six separate days, each dedicated to one of the Organization’s six official languages.

The days are as follows:

  • Arabic (18 December)
  • Chinese (20 April)
  • English (23 April)
  • French (20 March)
  • Russian (6 June)
  • Spanish (12 October)

Language Days at the UN aim to entertain as well as inform, with the goal of increasing awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six working languages among the UN community.

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How is your English? Review this lesson in the use of Personal Pronouns.

Personal Pronouns:

The word “pronoun” means “for a noun,” and pronouns can be substituted for nouns in a sentence. Words such as he, she, we, them, you, it. etc., are called personal pronouns.

Personal pronouns serve as subjects, objects, complements, modifiers, or objects of propositions, and change according to gender, number, case, and person.  See the chart below.

NUMBER CASE 1ST PERSON

(the person  Speaking)

2ND PERSON

(the person spoken to)

3RD PERSON

(the person spoken about)

masculine feminine neutral
Subjective I you he she it
Singular Possessive my (mine) your(s) his her(s) its
Objective me you him her it
 
Subjective we you they
Plural Possessive our(s) your(s) their(s)   All genders
Objective us you them

For example:

He was here again (Subject)

I saw him yesterday (Subject and Objective)

Who put the dent in your fender? (Subject and Possessive)

For him, to me, with her, behind them (Objectives of prepositions)

Word Order:

You must know English word order so that you can practice the proper use of personal pronouns.

Subject + Verb + Object + Place + Time

Start with these exercises. Get a piece of paper. Practice putting these sentences in the proper word order.

  1. the customer / a reservation / made / for February 21-28 / at the Paradise Hotel
  1. the e-mail / I  / will send / tomorrow
  1. has / an interview / She / at 11:00
  1. the room / the maid / will clean / later
  1. are not allowed / children / in the adult pool
  1. personalized service / we / want
  1. the chef / a special menu / will prepare / for Saturday night

Now, practice choosing the correct personal pronoun. Choose the correct ones.

  1. Him / He and I / me walked around the city and looked at the stores.
  1. My mother and me / I are going to Acapulco in February.
  1. Her/ she and her children will eat on the beach.
  1. My husband and me / I will call the kids tomorrow.
  1. Paco, Irving and me / I will go to Mexico City to shop.
  1. Her / she and the other ladies went to the market.
  1. They / them had a good time at the Mexican Fiesta.
  1. I reserved a table for they / them in the restaurant.
  1. Please take me / I to the room.
  1. Give it to him / he.

Practice Exercises:  Correct the following sentences if necessary.

  1. If her and her husband want to go, we can all ride in a taxi to the Italian restaurant tonight.
  1. Me and him went to Chicago for a week.
  1. Hector, Paco and me have made many changes in our travel plans.
  1. Him and me are good friends.
  1. Me and her went to the central market yesterday.

The students in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo learn languages throughout their school years. So, if you’re coming down, you’d better practice your English!

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