- Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns
- Demonstrative Pronouns
- Forms of Personal Pronouns
- Relative Pronouns
A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun, a group of words acting as a noun, or another pronoun. The word or group of words a pronoun refers is called its antecedent.
Example: Martin got hurt when he [Martin] fell down the steps.
The pronoun [he] takes the place of the noun [Martin], its antecedent.
Here is a list of common personal pronouns.
When we replace the some nouns for pronouns, sentences are easier to read.
Phillip Padmore was born in Panama, but Phillip Padmore grew up in Puerto Rico. That is how Phillip Padmore came to know Patricia Preston. Patricia Preston also grew up in Puerto Rico.
Phillip Padmore was born in Panama, but he grew up in Puerto Rico. That is how he came to know Patricia Preston. She also grew up in Puerto Rico.
A possessive pronoun tells us who something belongs to.
Example: Milo rides his bicycle everyday.
Example: “This is my money, not yours!”
These are examples of possessive pronouns. Here are some other common possessive pronouns: mine, your, her, its, our, our, their, their.
Pronouns may be singular or plural as well. Observe the use of the first, second and third person pronouns in the following sentences.
First Person Pronouns
When we write about ourselves we use first person pronouns.
Example: I am taking Sam for a walk after lunch. We are going to the park.
First person pronouns:
This is written with the first person pronoun. Singular first person pronouns are I, me my and mine. Plural first person pronouns are we, us, our and ours.
Second Person Pronouns
When we write about others we use second person pronouns.
Example: Martin, how did you fall down the steps?
This is written with the second person pronoun. Pronouns you, your, and yours are used either singular or plural.
Third Person Pronoun
When we write about others we use third person pronouns.
Example: Mr. Brown threw two tins of tomatoes in his trolley.
Example: They talked for hours.
The two sentences above are written with the third person pronoun. Singular third person pronouns are he, him, his, she, her, hers, it and its. The plural third person pronouns are they and them.