Monday, December 6, 2010

The Pronoun

Nouns have a really big job to do in our sentences, and with so much to do, nouns can sometimes get overworked, overused, and overwhelmed.  But fear not, good citizens, for nouns have a powerful secret weapon on their side, and his name is—The Pronoun!
The Pronoun is the most professional, proactive, and proficient member of The Amazing Eight (A.K.A. parts of speech), and this awesome all-star hero is here to help regular nouns go pro! 

Pronouns are words, like—I, you, he, she, it, us, them—and pronouns have the power to take the place of regular nouns in a sentence.  Pronouns do this to help keep our sentences clean and efficient.  For example, instead of having to say, “Captain Muscle Pants is strong.” with pronouns, we can say, “He is strong.”  The pronoun, He, has the power to take the place of the long (proper) noun, Captain Muscle Pants, and because of the pronoun, our sentence is now short, efficient, and clean.

As you can see, pronouns are a very useful part of speech.  They reduce clutter by allowing us to simplify our bulky nouns, which in turn helps keep our sentences sleek and streamlined.  But aside from being very useful, pronouns are also very powerful. 

Pronouns have powers that allow them to easily do things that regular nouns can’t, such as: tell you their number (singular or plural), their person (1st person, 2nd person, or 3rd person), and their gender (male, female, or neutral).  Pronouns can also tell you their case (Subject form or Object form), and pronouns also have the power to show possession (ownership) without the use of an apostrophe.

The Pronoun is also a very versatile hero.  He has the power to create several different types of pronouns: personal, reflexive, demonstrative, possessive, interrogative, and indefinite.  Each type of pronoun has its own specialized abilities, and these specialized abilities help The Pronoun to empower different types of sentences in many different ways. 

Like I said before, nouns have a big job to do, and nouns will always fight for the good of your sentences, but if your nouns are ever in need of help, call in the all-star superhero with the power to help them go pro.  Call in—The Pronoun!

SUPER POWERS:
The Pronoun has the power to take the place of a noun in a sentence.  

The Pronoun also has several different powers which help him to create different types of pronouns. 

  • The Power of Personal Pronouns
  • The Power of Reflexive Pronouns
  • The Power of Demonstrative Pronouns
  • The Power of Possessive Pronouns
  • The Power of Interrogative Pronouns      
  • The Power of Indefinite Pronouns


1) THE POWER OF PERSONAL PRONOUNS:
The Pronoun has The Power of Personal Pronouns.  This power allows pronouns to represent specific people or things (nouns) in a sentence.  

For example, in the sentence, “I can bend steel.” The personal pronoun, I, represents a specific person (who is: singular, 1st person, and in the Subject form).

Personal pronouns also have the power to tell you their: number, person, case, and gender.

PERSONAL PRONOUNS:

Singular
Plural
Subject
Object
Subject
Object
1st Person
I
me
we

2nd Person
you
you
you
you
3rd Person
he
she
 it
him
her
it
they
them

SUPER EXAMPLES:

#1)
He can stretch like rubber.

He: (singular/3rd person/subject form/male)

#2)
You are a slippery character.

You: (singular/2nd person/subject form)

#3)
The monster has trapped them.

Them: (plural/3rd person/object form)



2) THE POWER OF REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS:
The Pronoun has The Power of Reflexive Pronouns.  This power allows a pronoun to refer back to the subject of the sentence.  

For example, in the sentence, “I will destroy you myself.” The reflexive pronoun, myself, lets us refer back to the subject of the sentence: I.  

Reflexive pronouns also have the power to tell you their: number, person, and gender, but since reflexive pronouns are a reflection of the subject of the sentence, they can only have one case: The Subject form.

REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS:

Singular
Plural
Subject
Object
Subject
Object
1st Person
myself

ourselves

2nd Person
yourself

yourselves

3rd Person
himself
herself
 itself

themselves


SUPER EXAMPLES:

#1)
It has regenerated itself.

itself: reflexive pronoun referring back to the subject, It

#2)
She shielded herself from the bullets.

herself: reflexive pronoun referring back to the subject, She

#3)
We must defend ourselves.

ourselves: reflexive pronoun referring back to the subject, We

NOTE: Reflexive pronouns are a reflection of the subject of the sentence.  This means that they must always be paired with a subject and that they should never be used as an independent (stand alone) element in a sentence.


3) THE POWER OF DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS:
The Pronoun has The Power of Demonstrative Pronouns.  This power allows pronouns to point (or refer to) a specific thing (noun).

For example, in the sentence, “This is stolen.” The demonstrative pronoun, This, lets us refer to the object (noun) that was stolen.

Demonstrative pronouns have the power to show you their: number and distance.

DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS:

Singular
Plural
Subject/Object
Subject/Object
Near
this
these
Far
that
Those

SUPER EXAMPLES:

#1)
This is my super suit.

This: (singular/near) demonstrative pronoun

#2)
That is against the law.

That: (singular/far) demonstrative pronoun

#3)
These look like explosives.

These: (plural/near) demonstrative pronoun

#4)
Those are gigantic robots.

Those: (plural/far) demonstrative pronoun



4) THE POWER OF POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS:
The Pronoun has The Power of Possessive Pronouns.  This power allows pronouns to show possession (ownership) without the use of an apostrophe.

For example, in the sentence, “The death ray is mine.” The possessive pronoun, mine, tells us that the death ray (noun) is owned.

Possessive pronouns have the power to show you their: number, person, and gender.

POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS:

Singular
Plural
Subject/Object
Subject/Object
1st Person
mine
our
2nd Person
yours
yours
3rd Person
his
her, hers
its
theirs

SUPER EXAMPLES:

#1)
The blue plasma blaster is yours.

yours: a pronoun showing possession (ownership)

#2)
The victory is hers.

hers: a pronoun showing possession (ownership)

#3)
Ours are the strongest of heroes.

Ours: a pronoun showing possession (ownership)



5) THE POWER OF INTERROGATIVE PRONOUNS:
The Pronoun has The Power of Interrogative Pronouns.  This power allows pronouns to ask a question.

For example, in the sentence, “What hit me?” The interrogative pronoun, What, lets us ask a question about something (noun) that just hit us.

Only two of the interrogative pronouns, who and whom, have the power to show you their case.  The rest do not.  Also, one of the interrogative pronouns, whose, also has the power to show possession (ownership).

INTERROGATIVE PRONOUNS:

Subject
Object
Refers to a Person
who
whom

Subject/Object
Refers to a Thing
what
Refers to a Person/Thing
which
Refers to a Person
(Possessive)
whose

SUPER EXAMPLES:

#1)
Who dares defy me?

Who: interrogative pronoun

#2)
Which is the imposter?

Which: interrogative pronoun

#3)
Whose plutonium-239 is this?

Whose: interrogative pronoun



6) THE POWER OF INDEFINITE PRONOUNS:
The Pronoun has The Power of Indefinite Pronouns.  This power allows pronouns to refer to a noun that is non-specific (not definite).

For example, in the sentence, “I’ll steal anything.” The indefinite pronoun, anything, lets us refer to an object (noun) that is not specific.

Indefinite pronouns have the power to show their number.

INDEFINITE PRONOUNS:
Singular
Plural
Singular/Plural
­anybody
anyone
anything
each
either
everybody
everyone
everything
neither
nobody
no one
nothing
one
somebody
someone
something
both
few
many
several
all
any
most
some

SUPER EXAMPLES:

#1)
Everyone is under my spell.

Everything: indefinite pronoun

#2)
Nothing can break my armor.

Nothing: indefinite pronoun

#3)
No one is above the law.

No one: indefinite pronoun


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This is an early treatment for The Pronoun.  He's so pro—he even had sponsors!

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