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    Could this be a correct explanation for Object Pronouns?

    Hi teachers,
    Could this be a correct explanation?
    Before an object pronoun in general we should have a preposition or a verb. If yes, could you rephrase it?

    Information to consider, I have explained to the students this one:
    After a subject pronoun we always have a verb.
    The explanations are given because after them they have 'a fill in the blanks' exercise with subject and object pronouns.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Could this be a correct explanation for Object Pronouns?

    Hi learning54,

    I teach my students the same way through examples:

    He wants to talk to her. (He 'the subject pronoun' is the doer, and the verb here is 'to want', and Her 'the object pronoun' is the one he wants to talk to 'prep'.)
    And as you said, some verbs don't require a preposition, as in the example 'She helps me".
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Could this be a correct explanation for Object Pronouns?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Hi learning54,

    I teach my students the same way through examples:

    He wants to talk to her. (He 'the subject pronoun' is the doer, and the verb here is 'to want', and Her 'the object pronoun' is the one he wants to talk to 'prep'.)
    And as you said, some verbs don't require a preposition, as in the example 'She helps me".
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply and examples.
    Best,
    L.

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    Re: Could this be a correct explanation for Object Pronouns?

    I am not a teacher and I don't pretend to be, but I think I would understand better if you focused on the ROLE the pronoun plays in the sentence (as Bruna says, is it the "doer" or the "receiver" of the action, directly or indirectly) and not tell them to look for cues like "what sort of word comes before or after it."

    When you consider how many words in English can be both a noun and a verb, and also things like inversion, simply picking out words to serve as signposts is not going to be helpful in the long run.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Could this be a correct explanation for Object Pronouns?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    May I add my two bits?

    I agree with Bruna that it might be helpful to tell your students something like this:

    An object pronoun is exactly what it says: It is a pronoun that is the object of a verb or preposition.

    verb + object pronoun: I love her.

    preposition + object pronoun: I study with him.

    *****

    As Barb reminded us, sometimes there is inversion, but the rule remains:

    Who(m) do you live with?

    One of your smarter students would answer:

    I know! I know! The object pronoun is "who(m)" because it is the object of the preposition "with." That is: You do live with who(m)?

    When you congratulate your student on her excellent grasp of grammar, she will reply: That's because I have

    such a wonderful teacher!

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