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Subjective Pronouns

A subjective pronoun is who or what the sentence is about.
Subjective pronouns may be singular or plural (I, he, she, it, they, we, and you).

He guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Proverbs 2:8
He is the pronoun performing the action of the verb-guards.)

Be careful when using two pronouns together before a verb. One may be an object pronoun and not be correctly used before the verb. Check for correctness by dropping or deleting each of the pronouns. For example, "Bill and me traveled to San Francisco." You wouldn't correctly say, "Me traveled to San Francisco."

Objective Pronouns

An objective pronoun is acted upon; it functions as the target of a verb in a sentence. An objective pronoun follows the subject and the verb and sometimes a preposition.
The objective pronouns are: her, him, it, me, them, us, and you.

The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him. Psalm 37:40

Possessive Pronouns

A possessive pronoun tells you who owns or possesses something.
The possessive pronouns are hers, his, its, mine, ours, theirs, yours, and whose.

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10.

Demonstrative Pronouns

A demonstrative pronoun is a word that modifies a noun or takes the place of a noun phrase. The demonstrative pronouns are this, that, these, and those.

Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment."
Matthew 22: 37.

Interrogative Pronouns

An interrogative pronoun is used in a question.
The interrogative pronouns are what, which, who, whom, and sometimes compound words ending in "ever," such as whatever, whichever, whoever, and whomever.

She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. Luke 8:44-45 .
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:12.

Indefinite Pronouns

An indefinite pronoun refers to a nonspecific person or thing.
Indefinite pronouns include all, any, both, each, everybody, everyone, few, many, neither, none, nothing, several, some, someone, and somebody.

While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, "Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men." Luke 9:44.
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Matthew 16:26.

Relative Pronouns

A relative pronoun relates to a noun or a pronoun that precedes it.
It may also introduce a part of a sentence.
The relative pronouns are: that, which, who, and whom.

A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him." Luke 9:35

"I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life."
John 6:47

Reflexive Pronouns

A reflexive pronoun refers back to a matching subject.
The reflexive pronouns are herself, himself, itself, myself, ourselves, themselves, and yourselves.

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23.
Himself refers back to he who follows Jesus.

"I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me." John 8:18.
Myself refers back to I.
It is of note to observe that the relative pronoun in this example is who.

Intensive Pronouns

An intensive pronoun emphasizes the noun that comes before it. Use an intensive pronoun to add emphasis to the subject of the sentence.
The intensive pronouns are: herself, himself, itself, myself, ourselves, themselves, and yourselves (Note: These pronouns also act as reflexive pronouns). To identify the pronoun as reflective or intensive, remove it from the sentence; if it is an intensive pronoun, the sentence will still make sense. If the sentence no longer makes sense, it is a reflexive pronoun.

Paul to the Gentiles: "I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another." Romans 15:14

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