291.  Subject: Re: Pronouns as subjects. Thanks a lot for answering my mails. You can't imagine how  helpful they have been. I have another question. I have here a Grammar book that says: "Because pronouns replace nouns, they can be the subject of a sentence. The subject pronouns are: I, he, she, it, we and they." They don't mention the pronoun "you" and all the exercises don't include "you"  either.  Is this a mistake or "you" is not considered a subject pronoun? Thank you very much, I know that your answer will be of great help.

ANSWER:

Interesting book!!!!   I would just throw it away!!!!!   I simply have no idea why YOU is not mentioned.  
 
I can only think that while there are singular/plural differences for the other pronouns --
I / we; 
he, she, it / they --
but YOU is both singular AND plural,
the book may not have included YOU in the set you mention.  
 
Also, YOU may be both subject and object in a sentence, without any changes while the other pronouns do change:  
Subjects: I, YOU, he, she, it / we, YOU (pl.), they;
Objects: me, YOU, him, her, it / us, YOU (pl.), them.  
 
I have no clue!!!!   Except to state what I said before:  Grammatical categories were designed for LATIN, NOT for English (or Spanish, French, Rumanian, Portuguese, etc.)  The categories we have today apply to a dead language -- LATIN, not to the living and forever changing languages of today.     

 

 

 


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