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Pronouns #1 (Personal Pronouns), by Dennis Oliver

 

Personal Pronouns
 

English has three types of personal pronouns: pronouns
used for subjects, pronouns used for objects, and pronouns
used to show possession:

subject
pronouns

object
pronouns

possessive
pronouns*

I

me

mine

you (singular)

you

yours

he

him

his

she

her

hers

it

it

--- *

we

us

ours

you (plural)

you

yours

they

them

theirs

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Special Notes:

 

1.

In traditional, formal grammar, subject
pronouns are used after BE:

This is he.
Was it I?

In conversational grammar, object pronouns
are more common:

This is him.
Was it me?

   
2.

Object pronouns are used for direct objects,
indirect objects, and objects of prepositions:

I saw him / her / it / them / you yesterday.

I gave the message to him / her / them / you (or
I gave him / her / them / you the message).

She bought a gift for him / them / you / me / us
(or She bought him / them / you / me / us a gift).

They were standing near (next to, beside,
behind, near, in front of, etc.) me / us / you /
him / her / it.

   
3.

Possessive pronouns are used alone, not
with nouns:

Are those keys yours / his / hers / ours?
No, they aren't mine / his / hers / ours.

Is this his house?
No, it's theirs / mine / his / hers / ours.

Possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, its,
our, their) are not the same as possessive pronouns.

   
4. There is no commonly used possessive pronoun
for it.

 

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