Nouns can be grouped into three cases: nominative, objective, and possessive. The same is true of pronouns. A pronoun used as a subject or predicate nominative is in the nominative case.
- She wears sunglasses. (subject)
- The girl in sunglasses is she. (predicate nominative)
- I raked the leaves. (subject)
- It was I who raked the leaves. (predicate nominative)
- He will speak. (subject)
- It is he who will speak. (predicate nominative)
- We are the grammar experts. (subject)
- The grammar experts are we. (predicate nominative)
- She lives next door. (subject)
- The girl next door is she. (predicate nominative)
- He was a U.S. President. (subject)
- The thirty-fifth President was he. (predicate nominative)
- Robert Kennedy and he were brothers. (subject)
- They dug all the postholes. (subject)
- The posthole diggers were they. (predicate nominative)
- The gardeners and they have sore arms. (subject)
- He was apparently a humbug. (subject)
- Our grouchiest relative was he. (predicate nominative)
- Does she cast her pearls before swine? (subject)
- The woman serving tea is she. (predicate nominative)
Complete this chart by replacing each blank with the correct nominative case pronoun.
We complete the chart as follows:
These sentences use nominative case personal pronouns as subjects:
- I sang a solo.
- He joined the choir.
When we use the pronouns I or we as part of a compound subject, we politely refer to ourselves last:
- Erica and I were born in Alaska.
- Ricardo and I are cousins.
- Deanne and I share many of the same beliefs.
- Ester and I presented an oral report on JFK.
- Joe and I work for the same law firm.
- Mom and I flew to Great Britain.
- Mr. Twaddell and we might rock the boat.
Which sentence is more polite in these pairs?
- Both we and they like the snow.
Both they and we like the snow.
- We and Abby share the household chores.
Abby and we share the household chores.
It is more polite to refer to ourselves (we) last.
- Both they and we like the snow.
- Abby and we share the household chores.
Write a sentence using a nominative case personal pronoun as a subject.
Your answer will be unique. Here are some example sentences with pronouns used as subjects:
- We shall memorize a poem.
- They have begun the race.
- Ashley and she broke the silence.
- It frightens the dog.
- They rode a gondola in Italy.
- You and she perform well together.
These sentences use nominative case personal pronouns as predicate nominatives.
- The culprit was he in the tall hat.
- The officer in charge is she.
- The owner is he in the black suit.
- The guest who brought the cherries is she.
- The author is he on the stage.
- Jacqueline is she in the picture.
Predicate nominatives can also be compound:
- The drummers are Adriana and he.
- The vocalists will be she and I.
- The lawyers were John Dickinson and he.
- The parents of James Wilson were she and he.
Write a sentence using a nominative case pronoun as a predicate nominative.
Your answer will be unique. Here are some correct examples:
- It was I who rang the bell.
- The best singer is he.
- Your entertainers will be they and I.
- The winners were they.
- The most qualified applicant is she.
- The last in the race was I.
- That stoic, expressionless sales clerk is he.