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English Grammar

Subjective / Nominative Case

Overview | Personal Pronoun | Objective / Accusative | Possessive / Genitive

Used especially to identify the subject of a finite verb.

A noun or pronoun is in the subjective when it is used as the subject of the sentence or as a predicate noun. In the following examples, nouns and pronouns in the subjective case are italicized.

A noun in the subjective case is often the subject of a verb.

For example:

  • "The tree fell on my car", "the tree" is in the nominative case because it's the subject of the verb "fell".

Pronouns are inflected to show the subjective case.

Personal Pronoun

Referring to the subject in a sentence.
I
You
He
She
It
We
They
Who

For example:

  • Lynne owns this web site.
  • I hope to finish my homework tomorrow.
  • She enjoyed her English lessons.
  • He is an idiot. (The word idiot is a predicate noun because it follows is; a form of the verb "be")

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