Common errors with pronouns

A pronoun is a word used in the place of a noun – the name of a person, place, thing or feeling, e.g. he, she, it, its, they, we, you.


Here are some solutions to common pronoun errors.

Its or it's?

  • The dog was  eating its/it's food.
  • its/it's snowing in the mountain.

Problem

its or it's

How to work it out

it's means it is or it has, so replace it's with it is or it has in the sentence and see which makes sense.


Answers

Correct:

  • The dog was eating its food.
  • It is (for it's) snowing in the mountain.

Incorrect:

  • The dog was eating it is food.
  • its snowing in the mountain.

His or he's?

  • The boy put on his/he’s jacket.
  • His/he’s my best friend.

Problem

his or he’s

How to work it out

He’s means he is or he has so replace he’s with he is or he has in the sentence and see which makes sense.


Answers

Correct:

  • The boy put on his jacket.
  • He is (for he’s) my best friend.

Incorrect:

  • The boy put on he is (for he’s) jacket.
  • His my best friend.

I or me?

  • Can James and I/me go to the park?
  • This present is from Anna and I/me.

Problem

I or me

How to work it out

Leave out the other person and read it as if you are alone in the sentence.


Answers

Correct:

  • Can I go to the park?
  • This present is from me.

Incorrect:

  • Can me go to the park?
  • This present is from I.
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