Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators

Communication Tip #68

Solving the pronoun conundrum:

The phone rings. You answer. The caller asks for Jane. (Pretend you’re Jane). You correctly say, “This is SHE. The caller wants an update on your project. You correctly say, “Joe and I are working with Jen and Marcus.  HE and I work well with HER and HIM.”

Explanation:

  • Even though it sounds strange, use: I, SHE, HE, WE and THEY after linking verbs (am, is, was, were, seem, appear) because they continue to define the subject.

Here is an example of using all WRONG personal pronouns:

  • “This is ME. HIM and John will give the card to Chris and I.” 

(Between you and me, now you have something to think about all day!)