Pronouns and Prepositions

Pronouns and Prepositions

We come now to pronouns and prepositions – important parts of speech when you’re learning how to write good English.

PRONOUNS, as the name suggests, are used instead of nouns – they are pro-nouns. They help us simplify sentences by avoiding repetition.

It would be clumsy to write “John sat down at John’s desk. John got out John’s pen, and John started to write.”

How much simpler and neater to use the pronouns “he” and “his” to produce something like “John sat down at his desk. He got out his pen and started to write.”

Examples of pronouns are: “he, she, it, you, me, I, they, them” though there are many more. They can perform a number of functions, but in every case they replace a noun in order to simplify what is being said.

PREPOSITIONS describe something or someone’s position in space or time. “Under” the table; “beside” the tree; “above” the water line; “inside” the house; “after” breakfast.

This part of speech can become quite complicated if you delve into grammatical text books, but as long as you remember the point about position in space or time, you won’t go far wrong.

The purpose of these blog posts is to help you write good English, not to become a Professor.

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