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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Grammar 5 : Personal Pronouns Part 1 - Subject and Object Pronouns

Pronouns are some of the most commonly encountered elements in most languages.

Personal pronouns stand in for people when you don't know their names, don't want to mention names too often, or are simply trying to gossip about people but can't get away from them quickly enough.

In some languages, you don't use personal pronouns a whole lot (e.g. Japanese .... although, "you" is used a lot, but other pronouns not so much)

Igbo isn't like those languages. Igbo LOVES its pronouns and the personal variety are no exception.

So, without further ado, let's look at the first set of pronouns that every successful Igbo learner needs to know.

Subject Pronouns

These are the pronouns that indicate who is performing the action.

Here they are below:

English Igbo
I M (when the next word begins with B, M,P, or F )
N (for all other words)
You (singular) I (pronounced "eeee")
He / She / It O (pronounced "o" as in Hot)
We Anyi
You (plural) Unu
They Fa

Object Pronouns

These are the pronouns that indicate who is receiving the action.

Here they are below:

English Igbo
Me M (Pronounced like Mmm )
You (singular) Gi (sometimes "I" if you want to sound really casual)
He / She / It Ya
Us Anyi
You (plural) Unu
They Fa

And now you know...

In the next lesson I'll explain how to put all the things we've learned so far together into your first complete sentence!

1 comment:

  1. English Pronouns is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the English language.

    Subject and Object Pronouns