Pronouns Shortcut Rules

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In this post we shall discuss some important shortcut rules about Pronouns which comes in handy while solving Banking and other Competitive exam papers.

Shortcut Rule 1 :  We should use the personal pronouns in the order of 231 for good results ( I mean, Second Person, Third Person, First Person). Have a look at the following Examples.

  • I, He and You are to finish it.
  • You, He and I are to finish it. ✔

The order 123 (First Person, Second Person and Third Person) is also possible when we admit guilt.

  • I, You and He have committed the Sin. ✔

Shortcut Rule 2 : A Pronoun in the nominative form should be compared with the same form of the pronoun.

  • He is better than I (am)  (Two Nominatives are compared) ✔
  • I respect you more than him (Two objectives are compared) ✔

Shortcut Rule 3 : A Pronoun in the objective case is used after “Let / Between / Any Preposition”

  • Let you and me play (You and me are objects) ✔
  • There is no dispute between you and me. ✔

Shortcut Rule 4 : When a pronoun stands Anchorfor a collective noun, it should be used in the singular form.

  • The army has left its Head Quarters (As a Whole) ✔
  • The committee were divided in their opinion (Separate Individuals) ✔

Shortcut Rule 5 : When two singular nouns are joined by “and”, refer to to the same person, the pronoun used in their place should be singular in form.

  • The Collector and Magistrate has done his best. ✔
  • But the collector and the Magistrate have done their best.  ✔

Shortcut Rule 6 : A singular pronoun should be used when two singular nouns are joined by either or / neither nor

  • Either Ravi or Gopal should do his duty ✔

Shortcut Rule 7 : A pronoun in the plural form should be used when two nouns of different members are joined by “or” or “nor”.

  • Either the Principal or his teachers have attended their duty. ✔

Shortcut Rule 8 : The distributive pronouns “Either / Neither / None / Any / No one” are used with singular verbs.

  • Either / Neigher ……………………Used for two Person / Things
  • None / No one / Any ……………. Used for more than two person / things.
  • Any ……………………….Used for more than two persons / things.   Have a look at some examples.
  • Either of the two girls is diligent. ✔
  • Neither of the brothers is quarrelsome. ✔
  • None of the four sisters is intelligent. ✔
  • Any of the four men can do it. ✔

Shortcut Rule 9 : The Reciprocal pronouns “Each other / One another”

  • Each other – For two persons
  • One another – For more than two persons.
  • The two sister hate each other.
  • The five brother love one another.

Shortcut Rule 10 : The indefinite pronoun “One” should be used as “One’s” for  its possessive case.

  • One should love one’s country. ✔

Shortcut Rule 11 : The verbs such as “Hurt / Cheat / Prostrate / Introduce / Present / Absent / Satisfy / Prepare / Enjoy / Avail of” are followed by either “an” object or “a” reflexive pronoun. (Myself / Ourselves / Yourself / Yourselves) (Himself / Herself / Itself / Themselves)

  • I introduced her to the Principal (Her………object) ✔
  • I introduced myself to the Principal (Myself………Reflexive pronoun) ✔
  • He enjoyed the party (Party…………Object) ✔
  • He enjoyed himself at the Party (Himself……………..Reflexive Pronoun) ✔

Shortcut Rule 12 : The use of Relative Pronouns :

  • Who…………….. for Persons
  • This is the boy who is diligent.
  • Which ……………..for Things.
  • The book which is in the shelf is mine.
  • That …………….. is used both for persons and things.
  • One boy who stole my purse was a student ✔
  • The boy that stole my purse was a student. ✔

As a relative pronoun “That” is used with superlative Adjective / Only / Any / Nothing / Some / All / None”

All that glitters is not gold

This is the best thing that I can do.

Shortcut Rule 13 : The word “Who” as a relative pronoun is used in the nominative case, takes a verb.

  • The Principal who came here was Raju’s Brother.
  • The word “Whom”as a relative pronoun is used in the objective case (takes no verb)
  • The doctor whom I met yesterday was Krishna’s Father

Shortcut Rule 14 : Agreement of the verb with its antecedent in number and person

  • I who is your brother must trust you
  • I who am your brother must trust you. ✔
  • You who is my friend
  • You who are my friend ✔

Shortcut Rule 15 : If a pronoun is to be placed after “to be”, the pronoun in the subjective case is used.

It is Him

It is He ✔

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