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Personal Pronouns

Introduction to Pronouns

A pronoun is any word that can be used in place of a noun.

For example:

Johnny runs fast. He has won an Olympic gold.

(Here. ‘Johnny’ is a noun and ‘he’ is a pronoun. This pronoun is used in place of the noun ‘Johnny’.)

There are different categories of pronouns. Let us begin with one of them—the personal pronoun.

Personal Pronouns

These pronouns refer to one of the three persons of English. The persons in English language are classified as first person, second person and third person. The first person refers to the person or persons speaking. The second person refers to the person or persons being spoken to. The third person refers to the person or persons being spoken of.

Each of these personal pronouns functions as the subject of a sentence.

I am working right now.

(Here, the first person singular pronoun is used.)

You are invited to the party.

(Here, the second person singular pronoun is used.)

He is a naughty boy.

(Here, the third person singular masculine pronoun is used.)

She is a funny girl.

(Here, the third person singular feminine pronoun is used.)

It is my book.

(Here, the third person singular neuter pronoun is used.)

We are listening to some old songs.

(Here, the first person plural pronoun is used.)

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