Object Pronouns for intermediate learners

Pronouns that can take the place of an object are called object pronouns. In this article, you will get to know different kinds of object pronouns.

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Object Pronouns in the English Grammar

What Are Object Pronouns?

Object pronouns (also called objective pronouns) are basic and important structures in English and they function as the receiver of the action in the sentence.

They are used instead of object nouns in sentences to avoid repetition. We have seven object pronouns in English. Study the table below:

English Object Pronouns

Object Pronouns
1st Person Singular Me
2nd Person Singular You
3rd Person Singular (Female) Her
3rd Person Singular (Male) Him
3rd Person Singular (Non-human) It
1st Person Plural Us
2nd Person Plural You
3rd Person Plural Them

Look at the following examples:

She gave me her pancakes.

I took her to the library yesterday.

They told us to wait here for the professor.

He read 'Alice in Wonderland' to me last night.

Warning!

Please note that for an object noun, always use an object pronoun and not a subject pronoun.

I gave her my stuff to carry. (Not I gave she…)

Third Person Singular Pronouns

When we want to refer to singular object pronouns, we must pay attention to the object noun's gender. In the list below are all third-person object pronouns and their uses:

  • Him (Male)
  • Her (Female)
  • It (Non-human)

Now, Take a look at the following examples:

That is my book. I won't let you touch it.

As you can see, 'it' refers to the book which is an object.

Sara is my cousin. I like her a lot.

How to Use Them

We have three important kinds of objects in English which are listed below:

Direct Objects

In a sentence, direct objects are nouns on which the action is done to. In other words, it receives the action. Look at the following examples:

I want to give you my book.

She needs to talk about the problem.

Indirect Objects

Indirect objects are nouns that receive the action of the direct objects in a sentence. Carefully study the examples below:

Give me my stuff, Angela!

Here the highlighted one is the indirect one.

Ask her the questions.

Objects of a Preposition

These objects come after prepositions in sentences. 'To', 'for', 'about', 'with' and etc. are prepositions. Take a look at the following examples:

They told me about it.

She gave her address to me.

Tip

Object pronouns can be used together and we can have two or more of them in a sentence that will be called 'coordinated objects'. However, they might get a little tricky, so carefully study the examples below:

He told my sister and me to keep our mouths shut.

They set deadlines for my students and me for our projects.

Warning!

Be careful! We use object pronouns because nouns were objects in sentences. If they were subjects, it would have been like this:

My friend and I are heading to the beach. (Not my friend and me… )

The Second Person Object Pronouns

In English, both object pronouns for second person singular and second person plural are the same. Whether we want to address one person or a thousand people, the object pronoun is always you. Look at the following examples:

I want to tell you that the teacher will not come to school today.

Here, the sentence is about a group of people in a class.

I want you to know that everything will be alright.

Here, only one person is addressed in the sentence.

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