Pronouns as Predicate Nouns
Voyages in English
- Fifth Year
by Rev. Paul E. Campbell
and Sister Mary Donatus MacNickle
Portrait of a Young Girl (in Milanese
Formal and Informal Speech
When I get home from
work, I do not open the door and say "It's I." Like most people, I say,
"It's me." "It's me" is informal, colloquial language. But in formal writing,
I use "It's I." We adjust our language to our audience and purpose. In
formal speaking and writing, a predicate noun is equal to the subject --
in person, number, and case. Thus, in formal language, pronouns
used as predicate nouns should usually be the same as those used as subjects.
1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline every subject once and every finite verb twice, and label
3. Put a vertical line after each main clause.
4. Explain why the pronouns are not in objective case.
1. It should not be I.
2. I am she.
3. That is he.
4. Can it be he?
5. The winners are they.
Part 2. Write a predicate pronoun is place of
each predicate noun.
1. It was not Sarah.
2. That was Eugene.
3. Yes, that is Henry and Eleanor.
4. The girl in the uniform is Marian.
5. It must have been Leo.
Part 3. Write the following sentences, filling in each blank with a
1. Are not those boys ____________?
2. Was it ____________?
3. The author is ____________.
4. It is Peter and ____________.
5. The visitors are ____________.