Beginner 1 | Lesson #10

Object Pronouns

Two people discuss how often they meet their family.
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Shantel: So Todd, you live in Japan. Do you see your family often?

Todd: Yes. I see them often. I see them usually once a year, but I write to them often, and I call them sometimes.

Shantel: Okay. And when you see them, do you go to the United States to visit them, or do they come to Japan?

Todd: I go to America, and then everyone goes to my mom's house, and everybody meets me at my mom's house, which is nice. I see my sister, and we talk a lot, and it's good.

Shantel: Does your mother miss you?

Todd: Yes. She misses me and I miss her a lot, so it's very nice to see her, and also, I miss my dad. I miss him a lot, so I'm always happy to see him.

Shantel: Nice. What about your sister? When you're in the United States, do you have some activities you like to do together?

Todd: Yeah, sometimes we do stuff together. Maybe I will meet her at a café, or I will go shopping with her, so we do something fun each time I go back.

Shantel: Nice.

Todd: Also, when I go home, I see my best friend, and that's always nice. I usually meet him for dinner, and of course I call him, and it's always nice to see my best friend. How about your family?

Shantel: Well, since I live in Japan, I also call them and write them, but usually, we only Skype about once a month.

Todd: Oh. So, who do you Skype with the most, your mom or your dad?

Shantel: I Skype the most with my father, because he wakes up very early, so his time and his schedule match my schedule, so it is easy for us to Skype.

Todd: Do you call him or does he call you?

Shantel: I usually call him, but sometimes he calls me. Usually, if he calls me, it's because I haven't called in a long time.

Todd: Uh-oh.

Shantel: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Todd: So sometimes, you make him mad.

Shantel: A little angry.

Todd: Right. That's nice.

Shantel: But-

Todd: You have a brother too, right?

Shantel: I do have a brother, and I call him less frequently, because he is so busy with his job, so we speak about once or twice a month, by messages or by phone.

Todd: Oh, that's nice. Do you follow your family on social media?

Shantel: Yes. I use Facebook.

Todd: Oh, I use it too.

Shantel: It is a really easy way to keep in contact with them.

Todd: Yeah, I agree. What about other social media? Do you use Twitter?

Shantel: No. I don't use Twitter, and I don't use other social media either, only Facebook.

Todd: Ah, that's good, I think. Too much is too bad.

Shantel: I agree, but I do love Facebook, because I can speak with my brother, and my mother, and my father anytime.

Todd: So, with Facebook, do you check it every day?

Shantel: I do check it every day. Maybe it's a bad habit, but I do like to check it every day. Do you check your Facebook every day?

Todd: Not every day. I check it maybe three times a week.

Shantel: hree times a week?

Todd: Yeah, I don't use it much, and I don't use it on my phone.

Shantel: Oh. That's a good idea.

Todd: Yeah. I like my free time.

Shantel: Do you use other social media, such as Twitter or Instagram?

Todd: I do use Twitter, but I don't use it on my phone. I only use it on the computer.

Shantel: Okay. What about Instagram?

Todd: Oh, I don't use it at all. Do you use it?

Shantel: No, I don't use it.

Todd: Oh, that's right. You only use Facebook.

Shantel: I only use Facebook.

Todd: Oh, interesting. Well, that's nice that we can talk to our family on Skype and Facebook, because Japan is so far from America.

Shantel: Yes, and I think they are very happy too.

Todd: Yeah, I think they are happy.

Object Pronouns

Point 1: Subject pronouns take the place of a person or noun.
  1. Did you see Sue? I just saw her.
  2. Where is Tony? Did you see him?
  3. I like your jacket. Where did you buy it?
  4. My students are funny. I like them so much.
  5. These shoes are dirty. I need to clean them.
Point 2: The first person object pronoun (me, us) refers to the speaker. It can be singular (S) or plural (P).
  1. (S) Tell me a story.
  2. (S) My teacher makes me laugh.
  3. (P) They help us a lot.
  4. (P) Did you see us on TV?
Point 3: The second person object pronoun (you) refers to the listener. It can be singular (S) or plural (P).
  1. (S) I like you.
  2. (S) I will call you later.
  3. (P) I like you (guys).
  4. (P) I will call you (all) later.
Point 4: The third person subject pronoun (him, her, it, them) refers a person, people, thing or things.
  1. I like Bob. I see him every day.
  2. I also like Sue. I often see her at the gym.
  3. Bob and Sue eat out often. I join them sometimes.
  4. They have a horse. They let me ride it.
  5. They have two cars. They never use them.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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