Personal pronouns include the following:
The forms of these words mutate based on how they are used in a sentence. Below are the correct forms for pronouns when they appear in the following contexts: (1) as the subject of a sentence, (2) as an object (e.g., a direct object or object of a preposition), and (3) as what are known as reflexives.
|1 Subject Form||2 Object Form||3 Reflexive|
|you (singular and plural)||you (singular and plural)||
Use the reflexive form when the subject and object are the same person or people. For instance:
He berated himself.
They laughed at themselves.
The table below identifies some common errors in the use of personal pronouns and in each case explains how to determine the correct version.
|This is her.||This is she.||When a pronoun follows a form of the verb to be, use the subject form.|
|Between you and I, she is wrong.||Between you and me, she is wrong.||The phrase is never between you and I; it should always be between you and me. Between is a preposition, so the object form of the pronoun — me — is required.|
|He spoke to John and myself.||He spoke to John and me.||Take out the words John and for a moment. You would not write, He spoke to myself. Adding John doesn’t have any impact on pronoun form.|
|She called John and I.||She called John and me.||Again, take out the words John and. You would not write, She called I. The pronoun should be me — the object form.|