• Pronouns and Contractions 

    Nouns: Subject and Object.  A noun is a person, place, thing or idea.  It usually is either the subject of a sentence—it performs an action, including being—or an object—action is done to it.  A compound subject is when two or more nouns share the same verb (Harry and Sally ate dinner). 

     

    Pronouns.  A pronoun is any word that takes the place of a noun but is not as specific.  These include words for people—“I,” “we,” “they,” etc.—and words for places and things—“both,” “some,” “there,” etc.   

     

    Pronouns—Subjective, Objective, Possessive Case.  If a pronoun is the subject of a sentence, use the subjective case (“he did this, she is that”). If it is the object of a verb, use the objective case (“to him, to her”). If it shows possession, use the possessive case (“his, her, their,” etc.)  

    Subject 

    Object 

    Possessive 

    He 

    him 

    his 

    she 

    her 

    her(s) 

    I 

    me 

    my  

    we  

    us  

    our  

    They 

    them  

    their  

    who  

    whom  

    whose 

    it 

    it  

    its  

     

    This helps for who” vs. “whom.   “Who” is the subject, so use it when you’d use “he.” (“Who called you?”) “Whom” is the object, so use it when you’d use “him.”  (“Whom did you call?”) 

    It also shows why “its”, when possessive, has no apostrophe. And it shows that “their” is not the same as “there” or “they’re.” 

    Apostrophes are used in two places: to show possession (Dave’s glass) and to show contractions (he is --> he’s). They show possession for regular nouns, but not for pronouns.  

    In contractions, the apostrophe indicates missing letters. O’clock is short for “of the clock.” And the right way to spell “a’ight” is like that, because it’s short for “all right,” and the missing letters are replaced by an apostrophe. 

    An 's may be used for a plural ONLY if it keeps one word from being confused with another: I got all A's on my report card.  

     

     

     

    Pronouns and Contractions Pre-Assessment                                 Name: ___________________________ 

    Circle the correct answers below.  

    The Smiths are having a party at there/they’re/their house.  
    Who/whom will be there/they’re/their?  
    Who/whom are you bringing?  
    Its/It’s true that there/they’re/their going to bring a pet dragon.  What’s its/it’s name? 
    Should I bring my dance CDs/CD's from the 1990s/1990's? 

    Explain the difference between who and whom 

     

     

     

     

    Pronouns and Contractions Assessment                                 Name: ___________________________ 

    Circle the correct answers below.  

    I love VHS's/VHSs from the 1980's/1980s more than DVD's/DVDs from the 2000's/2000s.  

    Who/whom shall we call? Ghostbusters/Ghostbuster's? 

    Who/whom used the bathroom this morning? It's/its important. They're/Their/There medicine is still they're/their/there, and I'm worried they're/their/there going to need it.  
     
    Never look a gift horse in its/it's mouth. 

    The tomatoes/tomato's are on sale near the Mens/Men's room. 
     

    Explain the difference between who and whom 

     

     

Last Modified on August 11, 2017