What Are Subjective Personal Pronouns (with Examples)

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What Are Subjective Personal Pronouns (with Examples)

The subjective personal pronouns are I, you, she, he, it, we, you, and they. A subjective personal pronoun indicates that the pronoun is acting as the subject of the verb.

Subjective personal pronouns are personal pronouns in the subjective case. (As covered below, they are also used as subject complements.)

Examples of Subjective Personal Pronouns

Here are some examples of subjective personal pronouns in sentences:

The Proper Terms for Subjective Personal Pronouns

The table below shows the terms we use to describe personal pronouns.
Proper TermSubjective Personal Pronoun
First Person Singular I
Second Person Singular you
Third Person Singular he/she/it
First Person Plural we
Second Person Plural you
Third Person Plural they

This next section will help to explain why we use those terms in the left-hand column for pronouns.

Whether we know it or not, we all select a personal pronoun having first determined its:

Subjective Personal Pronouns As Subject Complements

On occasion, a subjective personal pronoun will follow a linking verb to identify the subject. For example (subjective personal pronouns shaded): Read more about subjective personal pronouns as subject complements.

Objective Personal Pronouns

Subjective personal pronouns contrast with objective personal pronouns, which are not used as subjects of verbs but as objects.
Proper TermObjective Personal Pronoun
First Person Singular me
Second Person Singular you
Third Person Singular him/her/it
First Person Plural us
Second Person Plural you
Third Person Plural them

Read more about objective personal pronouns.

A Quick Test

"BETWEEN YOU AND I" IS ALWAYS WRONG

The expression between you and I is always wrong. It should be between you and me.

It is wrong because I is a subjective personal pronoun, which means it must be the subject of a verb. In this expression, I is the object of the preposition between.


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See Also

What are personal pronouns? What is the subjective case? What are objective personal pronouns? What is a subject complement? What are linking verbs? Glossary of grammatical terms