Grammar Cheat Sheet

2021 ISSUE 02: Big Tech

Personal and Relative Pronouns

In English, pronouns take the place of nouns so that you do not have to repeat nouns again. Here’s an explainer to help you accurately use personal and relative pronouns. Can you spot them in action in the passage?


Personal pronouns can be used to replace the subject or object of a sentence.
The person or object doing the action is the subject of the sentence.
Relative pronouns take the place of nouns or pronouns. They relate back to something or someone else, and they join sentences about the same person or thing.
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Personal pronouns can be used to replace the subject or object of a sentence. The person or object doing the action is the subject of the sentence.

Relative pronouns take the place of nouns or pronouns. They relate back to something or someone else, and they join sentences about the same person or thing.

Once I posted my comics online, it seemed they no longer belonged to me. At first I was excited to see a top influencer re-post my creation. But soon he started receiving credit for the comics. This made me ask, “To whom does content on social media belong?” Do my comics now belong to him? Many guidelines exist for intellectual property, which refers to inventions and creative work. Creators who post original content online make it easier for others to copy their work. But the works still belong to them. Creators whose works get stolen should not be afraid to speak up. Have you ever faced a similar experience?