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Objective Personal Pronoun

The objective case is used for a noun that is not the subject of a sentence.  The objective personal pronouns are: me, you, him, her, it, us, them and whom. They are used as the direct object of a verb, the indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition.

Examples:
 
Direct Object (the pronoun which the verb acts on directly):

Please notify him
          
        verb       direct object

Indirect Object (the pronoun to which the verb happens):

Please pass the butter to her.        /      Please pass her the butter.
                                          
         verb                   indirect object            verb      indirect object

The Object of a Preposition (the pronoun which follows a preposition, e.g., in, on, at, near, by):

She lives near it.
                                             
   preposition    object of the preposition

Objective personal pronouns cannot be used as the subject of a verb.  

Examples:


Him saw the dog. (wrong)
Whom set the table?  (wrong)
 
Interactive example:
 
We are looking after her and whom? [show me the objective personal pronouns]
Associated pages:
 
Object
Objective case
The difference between who and whom
What are pronouns?
The different types of pronouns
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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