My Pronouns Are…

Me, my, mine

ChristineH

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Parts of Speech

There are eight parts of speech, one being pronouns. Pronouns serve a purpose. They shorten communication by removing redundancy. “Please give Rhoda Rhoda’s order,” becomes “Please give Rhoda her order,” for example. And thanks to the second person plural “you,” I can walk into a room and request twenty-five people follow me without calling them all by name. “Would you come this way, please?” See how these reduce silliness and get us into motion much more efficiently?

Now, pronouns can lead to confusion. “Jenni and Sue met for lunch, and Sue left her gift behind at the restaurant.” Whose gift was left? One may infer it was Sue’s gift. But she could have left Jenni’s gift. Context will often sort out these ambiguities.

Third person pronouns are useful because they provide a vehicle to refer back to subjects of a conversation, generally when the subject person is not present.* In practical terms, if you and I are talking about someone not present that person tends to be he or she, and may prefer they or zie. When I know a person’s preference, using the correct pronoun is no issue. And, if I’m talking about someone who isn’t present, it’s because there’s something relevant and worth discussing.

Pronouns in Dialog

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ChristineH

Jesus, Recovery, Grace. Christian life coach using the structure and accountability of the Harada method to support recovery - mine and yours.