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Grammar Handbook: Noun and Pronoun Case

Case refers to how nouns and pronouns are used in relation to the other words in a sentence. The three cases are subjective, objective, and possessive. See below for a chart of pronoun cases.

Subjective Case

Subjective case is sometimes called the nominative case. A noun or pronoun is in the subjective when it is used as the subject of the sentence or as a predicate noun. A predicate noun follows a form of the "be" verb, and it renames the subject of the sentence. In the following examples, nouns and pronouns in the subjective case are in orange.

Objective Case

A noun or pronoun is in the objective case when it is used as a direct object, an indirect object, or an object of the preposition.

Possessive Case

A noun or pronoun is in the possessive case when it is used to show ownership of an object:

A Chart of Pronoun Cases

Subjective Objective Possessive
I
Me My, Mine
You
You Your, Yours
He
Him His
She
Her Her, Hers
It
It Its
We
Us Our, Ours
They
Them Their, Theirs