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Object Pronouns with Prepositions

When using prepositions, an object pronoun is also used.

Preposition: a word or group of words placed before a noun or a pronoun in a sentence to show relationship.

Prepositional phrase: a preposition and the object of the preposition form a prepositional phrase.

 

*remember* Direct objects receive the action of the verb,

 

The object pronouns: me, you, him, her, it us, you, them are also used with prepositions.

 

Example: Chelsea walks near the hot tub.

 

Near: preposition – because “near” requires the noun, “hot tub” to complete the prepositional phrase.

The hot tub = object of preposition

 

To substitute hot tub with the correct object pronoun, let’s look at the object pronoun chart:

Object pronouns:


Singular: 1st: me 2nd: you 3rd: him, her, it
Plural: 1st: us 2nd: you 3rd: them

 

Original sentence: Chelsea walks near the hot tub

New sentence: Chelsea walks near it.

Because the sentence is talking about the hot tub, “hot tub” is in the 3rd person.

Quick note about the singular form:

1st person: I; when you talk about yourself.

2nd person: you; when you are referring to who you are talking to.

3rd person: he, she, it; when you are talking about something.

 

Therefore, we must replace hot tub with the 3rd person, singular neuter pronoun: it.

Why?

 

3rd person: because the sentence is talking about the hot tub.

Neuter: the hot tub is not a person. It is a thing.

Another example:

The tennis ball is for Taylor.

For: preposition

Taylor: object of preposition

 

Note: Taylor is third person singular feminine.

New sentence: The tennis ball is for her.

Further lessons on this topic:

 

To Julie (I am Julie) -> to me

With Jeff (you are Jeff) -> with you

From Alice (she is Alice) -> from her

For George (he is George) -> for him

Near Pam and Jessica (we are Pam and Jessica) -> near us

With Bill and Amanda (you are Amanda) -> with you

With Jane and Tom (they are Jane and Tom) -> with them

More Examples of direct object pronouns with prepositions

 

Question:

Are you eating lunch with Stephanie and Maria?

Answer:

Yes, I am eating with them.

 

Question:

Did the class start without you and Carol?

Answer:

#1: Yes, it started without me and her.

#2: Yes, it started without us.

 

We learn here that in some cases you can use different persons.

You can say, “It’s for her and Dave. Or you can say, “It’s for them.”

 

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