Personal Pronouns

Personal Pronouns are one of the seven types of pronouns. Pronouns which change their form according to their different uses in a sentence are called Personal Pronouns. Personal pronouns are used instead of the names of persons, places and things.

English personal pronoun has two forms.

  1. Subject form
  2. Object form

Subject forms of personal pronouns are used before verbs as the subject whereas object forms of personal pronouns are used after prepositions and verbs as the objects.

Personal Pronouns can be specified by its use and are divided accordingly. Personal Pronouns can be divided into three types:

  1. First person personal pronoun
  2. Second person personal pronoun
  3. Third person personal pronouns

Also, it can be divided into two based on numbers i.e. singular and plural.

First person personal pronoun

is used as the first person personal pronoun. First person personal pronoun represents the speaker/writer.

I - used for singular

We - used for Plural

Me – object form

Mine – possessive pronoun

 

Second person personal pronoun

You is the second person personal pronoun. Second person represents the person/people being spoken or written to. The singular and plural form of you is the same.

You- used for singular (Subject form)

You- used for plural

You – object form

Yours – possessive pronoun

 

Third person personal pronouns

He, She and It are the third person personal pronouns. They represent the person/people along with things of whom we are speaking or writing about.

 

He- singular (Subject form), They - plural, Him- object form, His - possessive pronoun

She - singular (Subject form), They - plural, Her- object form, Hers - possessive pronouns

It - singular (Subject form), They- plural, It – object form, Its- possessive pronoun

 

Examples of personal pronouns

The use of personal pronouns can be understood clearly from the following given sentences:

  • I ate my lunch and washed the lunchbox.

I- used for singular (First person personal pronoun)

 

  • This book is mine, where is yours?

Mine- possessive pronoun (First person personal pronoun)

Yours- possessive pronoun (Second person personal pronoun)

 

  • Did you do your homework or not?

You- used for singular (Subject form)

 

  • She was planning her reception yesterday.

She—singular, Subject form (Third person personal pronoun)

Her- object form, (Third person personal pronoun)

 

  • Did he hurt you with a knife or a whip?

He- singular, Subject form (Third person personal pronoun)

You- used for singular (Subject form)

 

  • It barked at the thief and chased her away.

It- singular, Subject form (Third person personal pronoun)

Her- object form, (Third person personal pronoun)

 

  • His parents have their marriage anniversary this month.

His- possessive pronoun (Third person personal pronoun)

 

 

  • His laptop is new but does not work properly.

His- possessive pronoun (Third person personal pronoun)

 

  • I love and care about my siblings more than my life.

I- used for singular (First person personal pronoun)

 

  • Its raining today so I have bought a new umbrella for you.

Its- possessive pronoun (Third person personal pronoun)

I- used for singular (First person personal pronoun)

You- used for singular, Subject form (Second person personal pronoun)

 

  • The weather seems pleasant. We should go to picnic with them.

We- used for Plural (First person personal pronoun)

 

  • She has kept a red rose inside her bag to give her boyfriend.

She—singular, Subject form (Third person personal pronoun)

Her- object form (Third person personal pronoun)