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In this lesson, we will learn more about the first person pronoun 'I' and explain its uses and grammatical rules.

First Person Pronoun "I" in the English Grammar

I is the singular, first-person pronoun. We will discuss when and how to use it in this lesson.

'I' as a Subject Pronoun

Use

'I' is the singular, first-person subject pronoun. It is used by the speaker or the writer. For example:

I tried to keep myself busy.

I work in an office.

Position in a Sentence

'I' is always written in capital letters and it replaces the subject.

I feel homesick.

What I do is very important.

Tip

In conversations, 'I' is replaced with 'you.' However, 'I' can be used in questions when the speaker or the writer asks about herself or himself. Compare:

A : I know this issue well.

B : What do you know well?

Am I that arrogant?

Here, the speaker asks herself or himself this question.

'I' and Coordinating Conjunctions

When 'I' is coordinated with other subjects, it is always used after the coordinating conjunctions. For example:

My friend and I are happy.

Remember that the verb should be plural.

You and I go there.

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