Personal Pronouns – Complete Explanation

English Grammar

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Well, in this occasion, I will give explanation about Personal Pronouns.
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What is a Pronoun?

A pronoun is defined as a word or phrase that is used as a substitution for a noun or noun phrase, which is known as the pronoun’s antecedent. Pronouns are short words and can do everything that nouns can do and are one of the building blocks of a sentence. Common pronouns are he, she, you, me, I, we, us, this, them, that. A pronoun can act as a subject, direct object, indirect object, object of the preposition, and more and takes the place of any person, place, animal or thing. So coffee becomes it, Barbara becomes she, Jeremy becomes he, the team becomes they, and in a sentence, Barbara drinks a cup of coffee every afternoon could become she drinks a cup of it every afternoon, or even she drinks it every afternoon, where the it would substitute the cup of coffee, not just the coffee.

Without pronouns, we’d constantly have to repeat nouns, and that would make our speech and writing repetitive, not to mention cumbersome. Without pronouns, Barbara drinks a cup of coffee every afternoon, she likes to have it before dinner would be Barbara drinks a cup of coffee every afternoon, Barbara likes to have the cup of coffee before dinner. Using pronouns helps the flow of sentences and makes them more interesting. Almost anytime you refer to a person, animal, place or thing, you can use pronouns to add interest and make your speech or writing flow better.

The words “I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they” are subject pronouns. They refer to a person or thing in speech or in writing.


Subject pronouns Object pronouns Possessive adjectives Possessive pronouns Reflexive pronouns
I me my mine myself
you you your yours yourself
he him his his himself
she her her hers herself
it it its its itself
we us our ours ourselves
you you your yours yourselves
they them their theirs themselves

Grammar Exercise – Personal Pronouns

Use the correct personal pronoun.

(She) often reads books. (Leila)

  1. ——- is watching TV. (Alan)
  2. ——- is green. (the dress)
  3. ——- are on the wall. (the pictures)
  4. ——- is running. (the cat)
  5. ——- are watching TV. (my sister and I)
  6. ——- are in the garden. (the roses)
  7. ——- is driving his car. (John)
  8. ——- is from Bristol. (Liza)
  9. ——- has got a brother. (Diana)
  10. Have ——- got a car, Sue?

Key Answer

  1. He It 3.They 5.We 6.They 7.He 8.She 9.She 10.You

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