What is a Pronoun?
Simply put, a pronoun is a word that replaces a noun in a sentence. There are a number of pronouns in the English language and we will look at these in this article.
Sentence without Pronouns
Jane gave the ball to Ben.
Sentence with Pronouns
She gave the ball to him.
List of pronouns
Personal Pronouns (Subjective)
These are pronouns to be used when the noun we are replacing is the subject in a sentence.
I gave you the ball.
Personal Pronouns (Objective)
These are pronouns to be used when the noun we are replacing is the object in a sentence.
You gave the ball to me.
These represent things that belong to a noun.
That is his ball.
- my / mine
- her / hers
- your / yours
- our / ours
- their / theirs
We use reflexive pronouns when the subject and object are the same.
I gave the ball to myself.
- yourself / yourselves
- ourself / ourselves
A demonstrative pronoun is used to specify exactly what you are talking about in a sentence.
I don’t want that ball, I want this ball.
These are used to ask questions.
Whose ball is this?
Relative pronouns are used to give more information about a noun before it and can be used to join sentences together.
I want the person whose ball this is to come here.
Indefinite pronouns don’t refer to a specific thing.
Anybody can have the ball.
- no one