English Grammar : Personal Pronouns

Personal Pronouns in English Grammar

What Are Personal Pronouns?

"Personal pronouns are used in place of the person or people that we are talking about."

We use Personal Pronounces in place of the person speaking / person spoken to / person spoken of. There are seven Personal pronouns. They are : I, You, We, He, She, They & It. These Personal pronouns stand for three persons, ie. First Person, Second Person & Third Person.

First Person, Second Person & Third Person.
First Person (I / We) - the person speaking
Second Person (You) - the person spoken to
Third Person (He/She/It/They) - the person spoken of
Personal Pronouns And Their Various Forms
Person Subject Object
Singular Plural Singular Plural
First Person I We Me Us
Second Person You You You Your
Third Person
Uses of Personal Pronouns :

Personal pronouns can be used as 'Subject and 'Object'

Personal Pronouns used as 'Subject'
  • I like Ice-cream.
  • We went home.
  • Do you like tea?
  • He runs fast.
  • She is clever.
  • It doesn't work.
  • They played doubles.
Personal Pronouns used as 'Object'
  • Raj helped me.
  • Alex drove us.
  • Seema loves you.
  • Did Rahul beat him?
  • Does Tina know her?
  • Can the engineer repair it?
  • Sanju and Maya beat them.
Personal Pronouns in pair, the first sentence shows a subject, the second an object:
  • • I like tea. || Rahul helped me.
  • Do you like tea? || Smit loves you.
  • • He runs fast. || Did Jenish beat him?
  • • She is clever. || Does Payal know her?
  • • It doesn't work. || Can the man fix it?
  • • We went home. || Krish drove us.
  • Do you need a table for five? || Did Alex and Hina beat you at doubles?
  • • They played doubles. || Alex and Hina beat them.
Exceptions of using "It"
When we are talking about a single thing, we almost always use it. However, there are a few exceptions. We may sometimes refer to an animal as he/him or she/her, especially if the animal is domesticated or a pet. Ships (and some other vessels or vehicles) as well as some countries are often treated as female and referred to as she/her. Here are some examples:
  • This is our dog Jonny. He is an Alsatian.
  • The Titanic was a great ship but she sank on her first voyage.
  • Thailand has now opened her border with Cambodia.
  • My first car was a Mini and I treated her like my wife.
Different uses of Personal Pronoun "It":

We often use 'it' to introduce a remark or to talk about the weather, temperature, time and distance:

to introduce a remark
  • It is important to dress well.
  • It is nice to have a holiday sometimes.
  • It's difficult to find a job.
  • Is it normal to see them together?
  • It didn't take long to walk here.
to talk about the weather, time and distance
  • It's raining.
  • It will probably be cold tomorrow.
  • it's twelve o'clock now.
  • It's 20 kilometres from here to Delhi.
  • It's a sunny day.
Related Topics :
Types of Noun in English Language
Types of Pronoun in English Language
Types of Verb in English Language
Types of Adverb in English Language
Types of Adjective in English Language
Kinds of Preposition in English Language
Types of Conjunction in English Language
Uses of Interjection words in English Language


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