What Are Object Pronouns?
English Object Pronouns
There are seven main object pronouns:
|Singular Object Pronouns||Plural Object Pronouns|
Take a look at these examples:
In this example, Jane is a third-person singular and can be replaced by pronoun 'her.'
In this example, 'his food' (an object) and 'his friend' (a male person) are substituted with pronouns 'it' and 'him.'
Object pronouns are used instead of nouns, usually because we already know what the object is. It makes the sentence easier to read and understand and avoids repetition. We normally use object pronouns:
Object Pronoun 'You'
Second Person Singular and Plural
In English, the second-person object pronoun 'you' has the same form for both singular and plural, and it does not change whether the speaker is addressing one person or multiple people. This means that 'you' is used as the object pronoun in all situations where the speaker is addressing someone directly.
Hey! I'm talking to
Generic or Impersonal 'You'
In addition to its use as a second-person object pronoun, 'you' can also function as an 'impersonal pronoun' in English. In this case, it does not necessarily address a specific person, but rather refers to a general law or situation.
In this example, 'you' does not refer to a specific person.
Third-Person Singular Pronouns
Third-person singular has three forms in object pronouns: 'him,' 'her,' and 'it.' This is one of the only cases in the English language in which gender plays a role in grammar.
In English, the grammatical gender of a noun is usually the same as its natural gender, which means a man is male in grammar and a woman is female; however, there are some important exceptions:
Third-person Pronoun 'Her'
1. 'Her' is generally used to refer to a girl or a woman. It is also used to refer to a car or a ship. For animals, we can use 'her' if the gender is known, especially when we want to emphasize the gender of the animal. Take a look at these examples:
This is my ship, I won't let them take
'Her' here refers to a ship.
My country is my pride and I love
Mia is my cat. You can pet
Third-person Pronoun 'It'
'It' is the neuter form used to refer to weather, temperature, time, inanimate objects, or children or animals of undetermined gender.
Third-person Pronoun 'Him'
'Him' is used to refer to a boy or a man, but it can also be used to refer to God. 'Him' has the same rules for animals as 'her.' Take a look at the following examples:
I couldn't keep up with
My cat is really lovely. I can't imagine anything happening to
Third-person Plural Pronoun 'Them'
Them' is a pronoun that can be used to refer to a group of people in general, without specifying their gender or number. Using 'them' as a generic pronoun allows for more inclusive and gender-neutral language, as well as avoiding the need to specify the exact number of individuals being referred to.
This will help
We can also use 'them' for authorities like police, government, etc. For example:
She called the police and asked
Using 'Them' to Avoid Gender
In English: 'singular they' is a pronoun used to refer to a non-binary person or someone whose gender is unknown or irrelevant. It can also be used as a gender-neutral alternative to generic 'him' or 'her' pronouns, as well as with indefinite antecedent. Take a look at the following example:
Sara is a good student, I know
Object pronouns are used as alternatives for objective nouns. Check out the table of object pronouns.
|First person||Second person||Third person|
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