The Pronoun

What Are Pronouns? Definitions and Examples

Pronoun – an independent part of speech that indicates a person, object, sign, quantity, but does not name them. Pronouns are often used to avoid repeating the nouns to which they refer. There are different types of pronouns in the English language (Personal Pronouns, Demonstrative Pronouns, Possessive Pronouns, Interrogative Pronouns, Reflexive Pronouns, Reciprocal Pronouns, Indefinite Pronouns, Relative Pronouns). You can read more about them here. However, it makes no sense for beginners to learn them all. In order to structure pronouns, consider a table that will give a basic idea of pronouns.

Table of English pronouns

 Subject PronounsObject PronounsPossessive AdjectivesPossessive PronounsReflexive Pronouns
1st person singularIMeMyMineMyself
2nd person singularYouYouYourYoursYourself
3rd person singular (male)HeHimHisHisHimself
3rd person singular (female)SheHerHerHersHerself
3rd personItItItsItsItself
1st person (plural)WeUsOurOursOurselves
2nd person (plural)YouYouYourYoursYourselves
3rd person (plural)TheyThemTheirTheirsThemselves

In English, pronouns can perform the following roles:

  • subject – the main member of the sentence that performs the action
  • the direct object (complement) – what the action is aimed at
  • indirect object (complement) – the one to whom or for whom the action is performed
  • subject attachment – usually follows the word be (in various forms) in the sentence and gives additional information about the subject
  • reflexive pronoun – to refer to a previously mentioned noun or pronoun


  • I like your dress
  • Can you help me, please?
  • Behave yourself!

Pronouns fall under the following groups:

Pronouns some, any, no, every

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