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Parsing Pronouns

Let us parse the pronouns in the following sentence:

John, you may take my dictionary, which you will find in the library.

You is a personal pronoun, second person, singular number, masculine gender, to agree with its antecedent John, nominative case, and the subject of the verb may take.

Which is a relative pronoun, third person, singular number, neuter gender, to agree with its antecedent dictionary, and the object of the verb will find.

We have seen that to parse a pronoun is to tell its kind, person, number, and gender, its agreement with its antecedent (if it has one) in person, number, and gender, its case and whether it is the subject of a verb, or the object of a verb or of a preposition.

Parse all the pronouns in the following sentences:

1. Jane brought her mother a rose, which grew in the garden.

2. The man on whose help I relied was absent

3. He who is ready to work will succeed.

4. They exerted such energy as they could.

5. What cannot be cured must be endured.

6. The weapon with which he conquered was simple patience.

7. To be or not to be, that is the question.

8. By others' faults, wise men correct their own.

9. It was the owner himself who killed the dog that bit you. 10. How I have performed my task, let others judge.

Write sentences containing personal pronouns; others containing interrogative pronouns; others containing relative pronouns, and still others containing adjective pronouns.

Write sentences each containing two or more of these classes of pronouns.

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