Pronoun Disagreement? Lose the Friends

The world of English grammar is filled with rules, exceptions, and contradictions to everything. As a grammarian who taught post-high school English grammar classes, I learned a few ways to teach my students how to find the right words to use without giving a long lecture about objective and subjective pronouns. (Yawn!)

Poor me.

A friend of mine once told me that she thought it was always “one thing and I.” Always? Really? Always when the phrase is the subject (doing the action).

Don’t leave “me” out of the fun. That little pronoun likes to be the object of attention (have the action done to it).

Take away the pronoun’s friends (the extra parts of a phrase), and you’ll know if you’re using the right pronoun.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Young AdultFor more details you can read my other, longer post about this subject: Someone make sure I’m not a pod person. (Yes, even grammar police get it wrong sometimes. Maybe.)

Another friend asked me to explain a few of the crazy English grammar rules with as few words as possible. “Because I said so” wasn’t a good enough answer, so I made the image. 🙂

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