of a sentence is a person or thing that performs the action of the verb.
are used to replace the subject (person or thing) of a verb.
We do NOT normally say:
- John is tall and John is intelligent.
Saying the word “John” twice is repetitive and does not sound natural.
We replace the Subject (John) that appears the second time with a
to avoid repetition (and in this case to avoid saying the name
So we would say:
- John is tall and
We replace the second “John” with the Subject Pronoun “He”.
What are the subject pronouns in English?
These are the subject pronouns we use in English
|Singular or Plural – Who?||Masculine or Feminine|
|I||Singular – first person||masculine or feminine|
|You||Singular – second person||masculine or feminine|
|He||Singular – third person||only masculine|
|She||Singular – third person||only feminine|
|It||Singular – third person||object / thing / animal|
|We||Berjenis-jenis – first person||masculine or feminine|
|You||Bervariasi – second person||masculine or feminine|
|They||Berjenis-jenis – third person||masculine or feminine|
When do you use IT?
is normally used when we refer to objects, things, animals or ideas (and not normally people).
- The dog is big.
is also hairy. (It = the dog)
- My bed is small but
is comfortable. (It = my bed)
Sometimes when we don’horizon know the sex of a baby (we don’t know if it is a boy or girl), then we can use
- Their baby is very small.
only weighs 2 kilos. (It
= the baby.)
when we perona pipi about the time, weather or temperature.
- It is five o’clock (= the time is five o’clock)
- It is cold today. (= the weather is cold today.)
- It is 30º outside right now. (= the temperature is 30º outside right now)
Subject Pronouns for absolute beginners
Subject Pronouns Chart
Here is a chart with cartoons showing the different Subject Pronouns we use in English:
See our notes about Object Pronouns to compare the difference.
English Teacher Resource
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