Ory's writing notes: The pronoun, Part 1 personal pronouns.
Pronouns: Pronouns stand in for nouns or replace them.
While not as powerful as a noun, pronouns have their place in creating well-crafted sentences. I write Erotic-Horror stories, and one of the pieces of advice I received was to use clinical terms and pronouns to describe sex acts (none of that 'I pressed my massive pickle into her woman cave.')
At the end of this blog I'll post an example of good pronoun uses in terms of erotic writing (it WILL NOT contain any pornographic or vulgar terms.)
Personal Pronouns: Personal pronouns replace nouns that that refer to people or things.
Personal Pronouns- have the following.
- Numbers: They are singular or plural.
- 1st person is the person speaking.
- 2nd person is the person being spoken to.
- 3rd person is the person being spoken
- Case: Is the pronoun the subject? The object? Or a possessive?
So let us go over what all these craziness up above means.
Subject personal pronouns: Subject pronouns are used as the subjects of sentences or (and this is the one where I fuck up all the time) as subject complements following linking verbs.
This means: The Killer was he (correct). The killer was him (Incorrect cause 'him' is an object pronoun.)
Object personal pronouns: Object pronouns are used as direct objects, indirect objects, or objects of prepositions.
Possessive personal pronouns: They show ownership.
Now for the list!
I: Singular/1st person/Subject
We: Plural/1st person/subject
Me: Singular/1st person/ Object
Us: Plural/ 1st person/ Object.
My, Mine: Singular/1st person/Possessive
Our, Ours: Plural/1st person/ Possessive.
You: Singular or plural/2nd person/Subject or Object.
Your/Yours: Singular or plural/2nd person/Possessive
He, She, It: Singular/3rd person/ Subject.
They: Plural/3rd person/Subject.
Him, Her, It: Singular/ 3rd person/ Object
Them: Plural/ 3rd person/ Object
His, Her, Hers, Its: Singular/3rd person/Possessive
Their, Theirs: Plural/3rd person/Possessive.
A super important note on Possessive pronouns.
Possessive pronouns are divided in two ways: Some are used as adjectives, the others are used after a linking verb.
(My, Our, Your, His, Her, Its, Their) Gun.
The Gun is (Mine, Ours, His, Hers, Its, Yours, Theirs)
Know the difference.
Challenging uses of Cases
When used in either a compound subject or compound object pronouns can be confusing. Ask yourself, Is the pronoun 'doing' the action, or receiving the action? This will help with which pronoun to use.
Put a noun before a pronoun in a compound.
Example: David and I had sex.
Sometimes for clarity, writers use a pronoun and noun together.
Example: We Gods enjoy moral suffering.
When sentences use Than or An to compare, it can be difficult to choose the correct pronoun. Always ask rather the comparative is being used against the Subject or Object of the sentence. Here is an example of how the pronoun can drastic change the meaning of a sentence.
Katie loves Micheal as much as me. (Katie loves both Micheal and the speaker.)
Katie loves Micheal as much as I. (Both Katie and the speaker love Micheal.)
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