Personal Pronouns

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What Are Personal Pronouns? (with Examples)

Personal pronouns represent people or things. The personal pronouns are:

Subjective Personal Pronouns

The list above shows the subjective personal pronouns. These are the versions used for the subjects of verbs. For example:

Objective Personal Pronouns

The objective personal pronouns are me, you, him, her, it, us, and them.

These are the versions used when the personal pronouns are objects (like direct objects, indirect objects, and objects of prepositions). For example:

Choosing Personal Pronouns

Native English speakers rarely make mistakes when selecting which personal pronoun to use. However, whether we know it or not, we all select a personal pronoun having first determined its:

The Personal Pronouns and Their Possessive Versions

The table below shows the subjective personal pronouns and the objective personal pronouns. For completeness, it also shows the associated possessive adjectives and absolute possessive pronouns.
PersonSubjective CaseObjective CasePossessive Case
Possessive Adjective
Possessive Case
Absolute Possessive Pronouns
First Person Singular I me my mine
Second Person Singular you you your yours
Third Person Singular he/she/it him/her/it his/her/its his/hers/its
First Person Plural we us our ours
Second Person Plural you you your yours
Third Person Plural they them their theirs

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What are pronouns? What are subjective personal pronouns? What are objective personal pronouns? What are objects? What is the subject of a verb? What is number? What is person? What is gender? What is case? What are the possessive adjectives? What are the absolute possessive pronouns? What is the objective case? What is the subjective case? Glossary of grammatical terms