Personal Pronoun

Definition: Personal pronouns refer to the person who is doing the action or to whom the action affects. In that way we distinguish two types of personal pronouns: Personal "Subject Pronouns" and Personal "Object Pronouns".

Personal Pronouns
Subject form Object form
I Me
You You
He him
she her
it it
we us
you you
they them

Personal Subject Pronouns
We use the Personal Subject Pronouns to refer to the person who is doing the action of the verb or the verb speaks about. A subjective personal pronoun indicates that the pronoun is acting as the subject of the sentence.

For example:

  • Jhon is listening to music.
    => He listens to music every day.
    * In this case, "he" substitutes "Jhon" which is the subject of the sentence.
  • Are you the delegates from Malagawatch?
  • After many years, they returned to their homeland.

Personal Object Pronouns
We use the Personal Object Pronouns to refer to the person whom the action of the verbs affects. An objective personal pronoun indicates that the pronoun is acting as an object of a verb, compound verb, preposition, or infinitive phrase.

For example:

  • Seamus stole the selkie's skin and forced her to live with him.
    * The objective personal pronoun "her" is the direct object of the verb "forced" and the objective personal pronoun "him" is the object of the preposition "with."

  • Deborah and Roberta will meet us at the newest café in the market.
    * Here the objective personal pronoun "us" is the direct object of the compound verb "will meet."

  • Christopher was surprised to see her at the drag races.
    * Here the objective personal pronoun "her" is the object of the infinitive phrase "to see."

A personal pronoun refers to a specific person or thing and changes its form to indicate person, number, gender, and case.



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