Personal pronouns are used as the subject, object, or complement in a clause. They are commonly found taking the place of a noun phrase when it is mentioned for a second time.
Personal pronouns - Easy Learning Grammar
|person||subject||singular object||subject||plural object|
- You should be ashamed.
- All of you should be ashamed.
- You must all stop writing now.
- She and I do not get on very well.
- You and he should buy the boat between you.
When two pronouns or a personal noun and a personal pronoun are the joint subject of a verb, the subject form of the pronouns must be used. Avoid the common mistake of saying, for example, Jerry and me are…When either two pronouns or a noun plus a personal pronoun are the joint object of a verb, the object form of the pronoun must be used:
- Jerry and I are going to paint the house ourselves.
- He and I are going to paint it.
- Melanie and I are going shopping.
- They decided to help Jane and me.
The object form of a pronoun is used after a preposition. Avoid the common mistake of saying, for example, between you and I.The object form is usual in everyday spoken usage. In formal and old-fashioned English, the subject form is used:
- Between you and me, I don’t like this place.
- Wasn’t that kind of me?
- after the verb be.
|It is I.||Formal/old-fashioned|
|I saw at once that it was her.||Informal|
|I saw at once that it was she.||Formal/old-fashioned|
- after than in comparison with be.
|John is smaller than him.||Informal|
|John is smaller than he (is).||Formal/old-fashioned|
|Sylvia is cleverer than me.||Informal|
|Sylvia is cleverer than I (am).||Formal/old-fashioned|
- She’s probably done more than me.
- The object form is also used to supply short answers to questions.
- Who found Gran’s watch? – Me. Aren’t I clever!