Tell me what you think is wrong or what seems to be wrong in the following sentences. “Mary is singing a song. Mary likes to sing classical music. Mary can even sing the high notes. Mary is very talented. I want to be just like Mary.” If you say that the sentences are all correct, well yes they are correct. But there is also something wrong with it. If you also say that there are a lot of sentences, and that a comma will do, then yes that can also be correct. However, if you answered the word Mary being repeated four times in different sentences. You are literally correct. So the problem there is Mary. As we know the name Mary is a noun, a proper noun. What should be changed to make the sentence better. If you say nothing, let’s find out while we go along. In addition to that, you may say that changing Mary to she or her will make the sentence better, also say change Mary to she or her, let’s find out as well. What is she and her anyway? What kind of parts of speech does she and her fall? Given that the answer is Pronouns, you got that correctly. Now you may be asking yourself what a pronoun is, why there pronouns to begin with, how useful are pronouns and when can we use pronouns. All those questions would be answered below. So check them out now.
Depending on which grade level you may be teaching this topic to, your questions would also play up to the student’s level of understanding. But the following questions are based on a general level. So you may have been asking these types of questions either among yourselves, or towards your teachers, or even teachers asking their students the following questions. What is a pronoun? What use does a pronoun have in a sentence? Are pronouns usually found in the beginning, the middle or the end? Is there a possibility for a pronoun to be used more than once in a sentence? If you think the following questions seem familiar, you may have asked yourself these and have not been given an answer yet. Well, to keep the ball rolling, let’s discuss what pronouns are.
To begin, pronouns are actually a part of speech. They go alongside Nouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, and Prepositions, just to name a few. A pronoun is a part of speech that replaces the nouns that may repeat itself in a sentence. Rather than having to write the same noun a lot of times, you use pronouns. An example for this would be like the sentence above. “Mary is a singer. Mary likes to sing. Mary is talented. I want to be like Mary someday.” This sentence is correct but the name Mary makes the sentence sound like a broken record. The sentence is still grammatically correct but the word Mary is repeated throughout the sentence. Rather than writing Mary a lot of times, this is where pronouns are then used. So from this and changing it to the pronoun she as Mary is a woman, but we also need to add the pronoun her as we are comparing ourselves to the woman name Mary. We use the pronoun she in the sentence. So the sentence would be “Mary is a singer. She likes to sing. She is talented. I want to be like her someday.”
So the next question is what use does a pronoun have in a sentence? Going back to the definition of the word, a pronoun modifies a noun. The answer to this question is that the use of a pronoun is to modify the noun or the noun phrase. It is to replace repetitive nouns in your sentences. You may refer to the example above. The other use of a pronoun is to simply replace the other nouns that would only make the sentence repetitive.
The next question, are pronouns usually found in the beginning, the middle or the end? Now this is actually one of the most common questions when it comes to placing or seeing as to where you can find the pronoun. You can actually find the pronoun in the beginning, the middle and the end. Depending on your sentence as well. Here is an example if your pronoun is found in the beginning. “He is a handsome boy.” The pronoun he is in the beginning of the sentence. The pronoun he refers to is the boy. Pronouns can also be used when the noun is a common noun. The pronoun can also be found in the middle of the sentence and it would turn out like this: “John is a handsome boy, so is his brother James who looks like their dad Tom.” So there is the pronoun found in the middle. As for an example of the pronoun found at the end of the sentence, it would be like this: “Who is she?” She is found at the end of the sentence but in the form of a question.
Lastly, is there a possibility for a pronoun to be used more than once in a sentence? The answer is yes. There is a possibility and yes it is really okay to have more than one pronoun in a sentence. This usually happens if your sentences are compound or complex sentences. As we know that there are a lot of pronouns and depending on their point of view. First person singular is “I, me, mine, myself and my.” Plural we have “we, our, ourselves, and us”. Second person point of view: you, your, yours, yourself, yourselves. For third person point of view: “He, him, she, her, it”, “They, them, their” if you are using plural pronouns.
Just like nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, pronouns can be used in just about anywhere. From speeches, to sentences and even classroom activities. You can also find pronouns used in agreements. There are clearly a lot of them there. But the question still stands, how do you use pronouns? Check these out below.
One way to make learning pronouns fun is by using it for classroom activities. This is especially fun and useful when you are teaching children or grade school students. Not only will they be having fun, they would also be learning and understanding how pronouns work.
Yes, you can see a lot of pronouns in business agreements. Especially when having to write the name of the following people over and over. Not only does it get confusing, it also makes the sentence sound repetitive. Which is something that should be avoided altogether. This is why pronouns are the best parts of speech to use, especially when there are a lot of nouns and you wish to make your sentences better, rather than having to repeat the names for each sentence.
Just like a class activity, writing simple to complex sentences can also help when you want to learn more about pronouns. From understanding where and what kind of pronoun to use, writing sentences is one of the keys to learning and one of the easiest activities to give out to students of any level of learning.
When writing speeches, pronouns are common. It’s basically like writing out your sentences except you are going to be using a lot of pronouns and other types of speech.
If you are planning on looking for pronouns, you would have better luck at stories. Literary pieces literally use a lot of pronouns. Whether it be first person, second person or even third person point of view. As long as you are able to recognize which kind of point of view you want to write about, pronouns would be one of the easiest types of speech to use.
A pronoun modifies a noun or a noun clause. Pronouns are used to replace nouns in a sentence. So that your sentences would not sound too repetitive and would also make more sense.
The kinds of pronouns are:
Three. There are three kinds of point of views for a pronoun. Each with its own singular and plural pronoun. We have First point of view, Second point of view, Third point of view.
Picture it this way, when you are writing out your sentences whether it be for speeches, literary writing, or simply to use as an activity, having to write down the same noun over and over again would not only sound repetitive, it would sound dragging. Not only that, it would also confuse the reader as to who you may be implying and if the reader should be reading it through a third person point of view. Using pronouns help lessen the confusion.
There we have it, the full discussion and answered questions to what a pronoun is, what its uses are and what are the kinds and their point of views to be used. Pronouns like any other type of speech are still as important to learn and to gain knowledge from. If you are looking for more ways to use it, check out the 100+ examples now.