Pronoun Case
Definition

Subjective Case Pronouns

The subjective case is used for a pronoun functioning as a subject or a predicate noun that renames a subject.

Subject   Predicate Noun
He was the winner.
The winner was he.


Subjective case pronouns include the following:

  1st Person 2nd Person 3rd Person
Singular: I you he, she, it
Plural: we you they

While you should be familiar with this list, you don't need to memorize it. Instead, use a simple sentence as a test for subjective case pronouns:



Any pronoun that can be used to replace the subject, Liz, is a subjective case pronoun. Say the sentence aloud and let your ear help you make the right choice.
She baked . . .
You baked . . .
They baked . . .

The important goal is not just learning to correctly label a pronoun's case, but being able to choose the correct pronoun case for a specific sentence function. Being able to identify a pronoun's case is an important skill, especially when you start working with longer, more complex sentences. Remember the simple sentence above and use it as a tool for identifying a pronoun's case. Remember that any pronoun which can replace the subject, Liz, is a subjective case pronoun.



A subjective case pronoun can function as a subject or as a predicate noun that renames a subject.