The Pronoun: Rules of Correction:

Rules of Correction:  

Rule no 1:

The pronoun must agree in number of person or number of gender with noun which it refers.

  1. He should do her duty. (incorrect)

He should do his duty.

  1. One should do his duty. (incorrect)

One should do one’s duty.    

  Rule No 2:

when there are more than one pronoun in a sentence, they are used in following order.

  • For good action: you, he and I (2, 3, 1)
  • For bad action: I, he and you (1,3, 2)

Example: He, you and I shall help the poor. (Incorrect)

                        You, he and I shall help the poor.

You, I and he will tell a lie. (Incorrect)

            I, he and you will tell a lie.

Rule No 3:

We always use nominative (subjective) form of pronoun after the verb.

  1. It is me. (incorrect)

It is I.

  1. It was him. (incorrect)

It was he.

Rule No 4:

We always used nominative form of pronoun after “than” and “as”.

  1. He is taller than me. (incorrect)

He is taller than I.

  1. She is as intelligent as him. (Incorrect).

She is as intelligent as he.

Rule No 5:

We always use objective form of pronoun after verb and preposition.

  1. She helped (incorrect)

She helped me.

  1. She talked with he and (incorrect).

She talked with him and me.

Rule No 6:

we always use subjective form of pronoun after “let, between and for”.

  1. Let he do his work. (Incorrect).

Let him do his work.

  1. It is between you and he. (Incorrect).

It is between you and him.

Rule No 7:

We always use “who” for person and “which” for all other living and non living.

  1. This is the bird who sings. (Incorrect).

This is the bird which sings.

  1. He is the man which came yesterday. (Incorrect)

This is the man who came yesterday.

Rule No 8:

We always use relative pronoun “as” after “such” word.

  1. This is not such a book which I need. (Incorrect).

    This is not such a book as I need.

  1. Such boy who do not work hard, fails. (Incorrect).

Such boy as do not work hard, fails.

Rule No 9:

 we always use relative pronoun “as” or “that” after “the same”.

  1. This is the same man who came here yesterday. (Incorrect).

This is the same man as came here yesterday.

  1. This is the same book which I needed. (Incorrect).

This is the same book that I needed.

Rule No 10:

“who, which or that” should be used after noun that qualify.

  1. I want a teacher for my son who is over fifty. (incorrect)

I want a teacher who is over fifty, for my son. 

  1. The man was my brother who was sitting their. (Incorrect)

                 The man who was sitting their, was my brother.

Rule No 11:

we always use singular pronoun after the following words, “every, each, either, any one, neither, none, no one, some one.”

  1. Give each their favorite tip. (incorrect)

Give each his favorite tip.

  1. Every body held their breath. (Incorrect).

Every body held his breath.     

Rule No 12:

Neither” is used for two persons while “none” is used for more than one person.

  1. Neither of them was scout. (incorrect)

None of them was scout.

  1. None of these two boys was a scout. (incorrect)

Neither of these two boys was a scout.

Rule No 13:

“Either” is used for two persons or things while “any one” used for more than one person.

  1. Either of them was a scout. (Incorrect).

Any one of them was a scout.

  1. Any one of these two boys was a scout. (Incorrect).

Either of these two boys was a scout.

Rule No 14:

Each other” is used for two people while “one another” is used for more than two people.

  1. The two brothers love one anther. (Incorrect).

The two brothers love each other. 

Rule No 15:

 we always use reflexive pronoun after the following words. Avail, absent, enjoy, avenge, acquit, and drink.

           

  1. He could not avail of this opportunity. (Incorrect).

He could not avail himself of this opportunity.

  1. She avenged upon her enemies. (incorrect)

She avenged herself upon her enemies.

Rule No 16:

we do not use reflexive pronoun after the following words. Keep, brave, move, draw, hide, qualify, make.

  1. Let us make ourselves marry. (incorrect)

Let us make marry.

  1. He kept himself away from school.

He kept away from school.

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