English grammar

Module 2, Pronouns, Lesson 3:

Challenging Uses of Cases

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In compounds

When the pronoun is part of a compound subject or object, it can be confusing.

Jesse and went to school and met Jeremy and .

Hint #1: Cross out the other person and use the correct pronoun.

Jesse and I went to school and met Jeremy and him.

Hint #2: Substitute we or us or they or them, then change it to the correct singular form.

Jesse and We went to school and met Jeremy and them.
Jesse and I went to school and met Jeremy and him.

Writing convention suggests that, out of courtesy, when using the pronouns I, me, we, or us, we generally put these pronouns last, allowing the other names and pronouns to go first. It used to be a convention (not a rule) to put the pronoun before the noun. Today, either way is acceptable.

Sam and I saw you and John at the mall Saturday. Sam and I saw John and you at the mall Saturday.

Erica and she bought supplies for Laurie and him. She and Erica bought supplies for him and Laurie.

With the noun

Sometimes for clarity, writers use a pronoun and noun together. Ignore the noun to make sure you are choosing the correct pronoun.

writers enjoy writing fiction.
We writers enjoy writing fiction.

The teacher explained the lesson to students.
The teacher explained the lesson to us students.

After than or as

When sentences use than or as to compare, it can be difficult to choose the correct pronoun.

Diana is a better speller than .
Imaginary monsters scare my little brothers more than .

Hint: Ask yourself what is missing in the sentence. That will guide you in choosing the correct pronoun.

Diana is a better speller than I (am).
Imaginary monsters scare my little brothers more than (they scare) me.

Sometimes the sentence can work either way, but different pronouns create different meanings.

Astronomy interests Michael as much as (it interests) me.
Astronomy interests Michael as much as I (do - he likes me!).

Practice What You've Learned

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Part 1: Compounds

Directions:
Choose the correct pronoun for the sentence.
1.
My friends and want to go to the beach this weekend.
I, me
2.
Don't give your father and any arguments.
I, me
3.
Ella and will be going to the zoo this weekend.
she, her
4.
The police officer asked and Lenny what they had seen.
he, him
5.
The car dealer should give both you and a good discount.
she, her
6.
That new computer game will keep Manuel and occupied for hours.
he, him
7.
If you don't hurry, both you and will be late for the movie.
he, him
8.
Please remind and the other players to bring our equipment to the game.
we, us
9.
My little cousin and found a nest with baby birds in it.
I, me
10.
Don't forget to give your new address to and your other relatives.
we, us

Part 2: Other Challenges

Directions:
Choose the pronoun that correctly completes the sentence.
11.
Carlos can run much faster than (can).
I, me
12.
animal trainers care deeply about all kinds of animals.
We, Us
13.
Can you find campers a good place to visit in Wyoming?
we, us
14.
In the winter, avid skiers love to visit Colorado.
we, us
15.
My father loves baseball as much as (do).
I, me
16.
That old blanket is more important to my sister than (it is to) .
I, me
17.
When we go to that restaurant, my father eats more than (do).
I, me
18.
Joey has not eaten as much pizza as (have).
I, me
19.
All my friends are better at sports than (am).
I, me
20.
Sonia is as interested in ice skating as (am).
I, me
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