Pronouns

Pronouns are words that take the place of a noun. Pronouns are used instead of a noun. If we didn't have pronouns, we would have to repeat a lot of nouns! So pronouns are used in place of nouns to avoid repetition.

Example

  • Tony didn't go to college because Tony was sick. (Incorrect)
  • Tony didn't go to college because he was sick. (Correct) - He is personal pronoun used to replace Tony.

Types of Pronouns

Personal Pronouns: Personal Pronouns are used are substitutes for proper or common nouns.

  • Subject Forms: I, you, he, she, it, we, they
  • Object Forms: me, you him, her, it, us, them

Possessive Pronouns

  • Standard Forms: mine, yours, his, hers, ours, theirs, its

Interrogative Pronouns: These pronouns are used to introduce questions.

  • Standard Forms: who, whom, what, which, whose

Demonstrative Pronouns: Demonstrative Pronouns are used to point out objects.

  • Standard Forms: this, that, these, those

Indefinite Pronouns: Pronouns which refer to things in a general way and not to someone or something in particular.

  • anybody, each, either, none, someone, one

Reflexive Pronouns: This class of pronouns is used when the object is same as the subject of the sentence.

  • myself, yourself, himself, herself, ourselves, itself