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{{pronounshelp}} is a template for generating a pronoun set and example sentence for reference and understanding.

It looks like this when it's used:

Pronoun Singular they - they / them / their / theirs / themself
In use Sam is writing their example sentence, and they are very pleased with themself. It was pretty hard for them, but they are happy because it's theirs.

Copy and paste[edit source]

Copy and paste this into your page, and then type in the pronoun form after each =. For example, for the set "he/him", you would write subj=he |obj=him ... etc.

{{pronounshelp|pronounname= |subj= |obj= |posdet= |pospro= |reflex= |verbs=singular/plural (delete as appropriate) |name= }}

Please note that singular "they" uses plural verbs, even when talking about one person - so, despite the name singular "they", you would type verbs=plural.

Abbreviations[edit source]

See also: Wikipedia's page on third-person pronouns.
Abbreviation Full name Example using "he/him" set
subj subject (nominative) He is writing
obj object (oblique) I wrote about him
posdet possessive determiner That's his notebook
pospro possessive pronoun That pen is his
reflex reflexive Sam wrote about himself

Verbs[edit source]

Consider these sentences:

  • He/him pronouns: He is a dentist.
  • Singular they/them pronouns: They are a dentist.

The he/him pronoun set uses singular verbs - the verb here is "is". But the singular they/them set uses plural verbs - "are". Singular they doesn't typically use singular verbs, meaning one would not usually say "they is a dentist" when using singular they.