Pronouns – What are Pronouns
Pronouns in English Grammar – Types of Pronoun
Pronouns definition – A pronoun is word ,which is used in place of a Noun.
For example – his,her,me,mine ,he ,she it etc.
Types of Pronoun
A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. There are three groups of pronouns: first person, second person and third person.
First Person, Second Person and Third Person
The person who is speaking is called the first person. The one Spoken to be called the second person and the one spoken about is called the third person.
Here is a table to help you remember which pronouns to use.
|First person singular||I||Me|
|Second person singular||You||You|
|Third person singular||He||Him|
|First person plural||We||Us|
|Second person plural||You||You|
|Third person plural||They||Them|
The words I, you, he, she, it, we and they are called personal pronouns. They take the place of nouns and are used as the subject of the verb in a sentence.
- My name is Shanaya. I am the youngest in the family.
- This is my father. He is a teacher.
- My mother is kind. Everybody likes her.
- The words me, you, him, her, it, us and them are also personal pronouns. They also take the place of nouns.
The words I, you, he, she, it, we, you and they are called reflexive pronouns.
- I made this cake myself.
- We organized the party all by ourselves.
- My brother built this computer himself.
- John was looking at himself in the mirror.
- The children cleaned their room all by themselves.
Here is a table to help you remember which reflexive pronoun to use with which personal pronoun.
|Singular Personal Pronoun||Reflexive Pronoun||Plural Personal Pronoun||Reflexive Pronoun|
Possessive pronouns are used to talk about things that belong to people. The words mine, yours, his, hers, ours and theirs are possessive pronouns.
- This book is mine.
- This pen is mine and that one is his.
- The kids are yours and mine.
Here is a table to help you remember which possessive pronoun to use with which personal pronoun.
|Singular Personal Pronoun||Possessive Pronoun||Plural Personal Pronoun||Possessive Pronoun|
|I , me||Mine||We , us||Ours|
|He , him||His||They , them||Theirs|
|She , her||Hers|
Demonstrative pronouns are used for pointing out things. The words this, that, these and those are demonstrative pronouns.
- This is my desk. These are my pets.
- That’s my mother’s car.
- That was such an interesting experience.
- These are nice-looking.
- You’ll have to get your own pen. This is mine.
These are used to ask questions. The words who, whose, what, which and whom are examples of interrogative pronouns.
- Who used all my paper?
- Whose pen is this?
- What is your brother’s name?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- Which of these desks is yours?
- Whom did the President criticize?
An indefinite pronoun does not refer directly to any other word.most indefinite pronouns express the idea of quantity.