sat, and on the mat is a prepositional phrase (composed of an NP the mat, and headed by the preposition on ). As decolonisation proceeded throughout the British Empire in the 1950s and 1960s, former colonies often did not reject English but rather continued to use it as independent countries setting their own language policies. The personal pronouns retain a difference between subjective and objective case in most persons ( I/me, he/him, she/her, we/us, they/them ) as well as a gender and animateness distinction in the third person singular (distinguishing he/she/it ). In his model, the "inner circle" countries have large communities of native speakers of English, "outer circle" countries have small communities of native speakers of English but widespread use of English as a second language in education or broadcasting or for local official purposes, and. The personal interrogative pronoun who is the only interrogative pronoun to still show inflection for case, with the variant whom serving as the objective case form, although this form may be going out of use in many contexts. Vestiges of the case and gender system are found in the pronoun system ( he/him, who/whom ) and in the inflection of the copula verb. Instead, they consider the construction simply to be a verb with a prepositional phrase as its syntactic complement,.e. Many adverbs are derived from adjectives with the suffix -ly, but not all, and many speakers tend to omit the suffix in the most commonly used adverbs.