What do each of the words I, me and myself have in common?
Answer: Each of these words is called a pronoun.
Pronouns are words that are used to replace a noun in a sentence.
Generally, before a pronoun can be used in a sentence, the noun that it will replace is used first in the sentence.
- Jessica was born in California. She now lives in Texas.
- Johnathan and Samantha are best friends. They see each other every day.
The pronouns I, me, and myself, in general, are called Personal Pronouns. For this workshop, we will only focus on these three personal pronouns.
The pronoun I is called a Subject Pronoun.
As with a noun, a subject pronoun tells us the subject of a sentence. The subject of a sentence tells us who or what the sentence is about.
- My name is Jackson. I am twenty-four years old, and I live in Colorado.
- My name is Sarah, and I am a student at Johns Hopkins University.
- Martin, his brother, and I go to the store every weekend.
The pronoun me is called an Object Pronoun.
An object pronoun receives or experiences the action of the verb in a sentence.
- Jason gave me his pencil yesterday.
- My mother told me to call her right away.
- India lost the book I gave her, so she purchased me a new one.
In some instances, me is used as either a direct object pronoun, or an indirect object pronoun. Let’s take another look at the examples above:
Me as a direct object pronoun:
My mother told me to call her right away.
Me as an indirect object pronoun:
- Jason gave me his pencil yesterday (who did Jason give his pencil to? Me).
- India lost the book I gave her, so she bought me a new one (Who did India buy a new book for? Me.)
- The pronoun myself is called a Reflexive Pronoun.
A reflexive pronoun is used when both the subject and the object of a sentence are referring to the same person (or thing).
The subject of a sentence is who or what the sentence is about.
The subject performs or carries out the action (verb) of a sentence.
The object of a sentence receives or experiences the action (the verb) of a sentence from the subject.
Simply put, a reflexive pronoun is used when the subject performs an action on themselves (or itself).
- I hit myself in the face by accident.
- While making dinner last night, I accidentally cut myself with the knife.
This concludes the workshop on Me, Myself, and I Personal Pronouns. Please go back and re-read the information contained in this workshop before completing the Me, Myself, and I Personal Pronouns Worksheet.
Now, it’s time to test your knowledge on Me, Myself, and I Personal Pronouns. Please complete the worksheet titled: Me, Myself, and I Personal Pronouns Worksheet. You’ll find it on our website. Just click on the Literacy Resources section, then select Worksheets.
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