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3rd Pos: Object Pronouns

object pronouns (examples: my, jou, hom, haar, dit, ons, julle, hulle)

What you should know already.

  • You have memorized the pronouns (link).
  • You understand the difference between subject and object pronouns (link).

The Object Pronoun and Word Order.

The sentence examples below will show you a regular object, or an Object Pronoun (OP) with a Preposition, and then with an OP. You will see that the OP by itself sticks to the first verb. The OP will be shaded with ORANGE.

  • Die kind sien elke dag sy suster by die skool.
  • Die kind speel elke dag met sy suster by die skool.
  • Die kind sien haar elke dag by die skool.
  • Die kind speel elke dag met haar by die skool.
  • Die kind sal elke dag sy broer by die skool sien.
  • Die kind sal elke dag met sy broer by die skool kan sien.
  • Die kind sal hom elke dag by die skool wil sien.
  • Die kind sal elke dag met hom by die skool mag sien.
  • Die kind het elke dag sy susters by die skool gesien.
  • Die kind wou elke dag met sy susters by die skool sien.
  • Die kind kon hulle elke dag by die skool sien.
  • Die kind moes elke dag met hulle by die skool sien.
  • Die kind sien elke dag vir ek en Jannie by die skool.
  • Die kind speel elke dag met ek en Jannie by die skool.
  • Die kind sien ons elke dag by die skool.
  • Die kind speel elke dag met ons by die skool.
  • Die kind sien elke dag sy bal by die skool.
  • Die kind speel elke dag met sy bal by die skool.
  • Die kind sien dit elke dag by die skool.
  • Die kind speel elke dag daarmee* by die skool. * (see Prepositional Combinations)

Did you notice that ...

1. the time reference 'elke dag' came after the verb and pushed the object on one position.

2. when the object became an objet pronoun, it was the word directly after the first verbs. Do remember, it could be a helping verb too, e.g. Die kind sal hom elke dag .... .

3. when the object pronoun had a preposition too, e.g. met haar, vir hom, etc. it acted like a regular object and did not take that spot right after the first verb.

4. when the object pronoun was DIT and it had a preposition, e.g. met dit, vir dit, op dit, in dit, etc. these terms morphed to one word, as explained in the lesson on Prepositional Combinations.