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I have a parts of speech worksheet where it asks to use a pronoun before a preposition in a sentence and I don’t think it is possible.

Here is the problem: Pronoun / Preposition / Pronoun-Adjective / Noun / Verb / Adjective.

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    Not possible? Ye of little faith.
    – StephenS
    Aug 20 '20 at 1:18
  • What's a pronoun-adjective? Aug 20 '20 at 1:56
  • @OldBrixtonian That’s what I asked myself earlier, but I eventually found out what they were. Some examples are these, those, that, each, either, etc...
    – Hello123
    Aug 20 '20 at 2:49
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    None of these pigs became thin. Everyone from that train escaped uninjured. Aug 20 '20 at 4:20
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A pronoun followed by a preposition is actually extremely common: it just usually involves words that aren’t personal pronouns such as:

  • Everyone on earth
  • None of you
  • Lots of money
  • Anyone with time

There are some cases where a personal pronoun is followed by a preposition but not as many because it’s a bit awkward grammatically sometimes to do this and also there’s usually not a reason to. You might do it to further specify who you mean as in “you with the purple shirt” for example but you wouldn’t say the same thing with “I/me” because those pronouns can only refer to one person.

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I’ve found two definitions for “pronoun adjective”, so I’ll give both a try:

  • He in his youth was foolish.
  • He on some days is foolish.

However, while a part of my brain tells me these should both be valid, a deeper part recoils at reading them.

If we can use commas, these feel a little better:

  • He, in his youth, was foolish.
  • He, on some days, is foolish.

But I’d still rather move the PP somewhere else in the sentence. Anywhere else.

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A clarification in a comment under the question says that so-called pronoun-adjectives include these, those, that, each, and either. That's an odd mix of what would normally be called demonstrative and indefinite pronouns. (Why not his or her coming immediately before a noun?) However, for the sake of this question, I will limit myself to only those listed.

I will also limit myself to a personal pronoun in the case of the first word, in order to clearly differentiate it from the other pronoun.


Here are some words that match the stated criteria:

  • she (pronoun)
  • of (preposition)
  • this (pronoun-adjective)
  • story (noun)
  • clicked (verb)
  • ruby (adjective)

Assembling those words into a sentence produces the following:

  • She of this story clicked ruby slippers together in order to return home.

The sentence is grammatical; however, it is not entirely idiomatic. The she of construction is old fashioned, in that it was used more often in the past than it is now.

Also, of this story would only sound appropriate if the sentence appeared after one or more others that defined the referent.

For instance, the following makes the sentence much more natural in context:

  • The Wizard of Oz was a book written by L. Frank Baum. As with many protagonists in similar stories, it tells a tale of being transported to a different world and trying to find some way of getting back. She of this story clicked ruby slippers together in order to return home.

The she of construction still sound unusual, and would most likely be changed to the protagonist of by most people. Despite that, it's not actually ungrammatical.

She of this story refers back to many protagonists in similar stories.

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