Nominative Case

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There are tens of meanings of the word case in English language. When talking solely about grammar, the word case still has two or three different variants which exist singularly and contribute their fair share in the grammatical meaning of a sentence.

Today we will discuss about the nominative case and how to use it in simple and complex sentences. We will also discuss the easy way to identify a nominative case in a sentence without trouble.

Nominative Case

Nominative case is a type of grammatical case. The name suggests the existence of nomenclature i.e. naming of things etc. This depicts that the nominative case has to do something with the noun.

When a pronoun or a noun is the subject of a verb in a given sentence, that particular noun/pronoun is referred to as nominative case.


Ally is shopping.

In the above simple sentence, Ally is the noun as we as Ally is the subject of the sentence as the verb is shopping is referring to Ally. Thus Ally is said to be in nominative case in English grammar.

He is acting strange.

Likewise, in the above sentence the pronoun he is used which is also acting as the subject of the sentence. Hence, he is the pronoun existing in nominative case.

Other examples of pronouns that can exist in nominative case include I/we/he/she/you/they/it

In conclusion, nominative case is a form of grammatical case in which nouns and pronouns can occur. When a certain noun or pronoun is the subject of the verb that is used in the sentence, it is called to be in nominative case.