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Personal Pronouns

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Personal Pronouns

The following chart shows every personal pronoun:

Subject Pronouns Object Pronouns Possessive Pronouns Possessive Adjectives
I me mine my
you you yours your
he/she/it him/her/it his/hers his/her/its
we us ours our
you you yours your
they them theirs their

Organizing these pronouns is easier with the help of some key words.

Person

First person refers to the person who is speaking (the I or we).

If you’re talking to someone else, then that would be the second person in the conversation, and you would use pronouns like you and yours.

If the two of you are talking about other people or things, then they would be in the third person (it, they, them, etc.).

Number

If there is just one person or thing, then you’re dealing with a singular pronoun. A plural pronoun refers to two or more persons or things.

Gender

Third person pronouns are categorized by gender. They are masculine (he, him, etc.), feminine (she, her, etc.), or neuter (it). The other pronouns can apply to any gender.

Case

When a pronoun is the subject (and doing the action of the verb) it is in the subjective case:

He studied kinesiology.

On the other hand, if the pronoun receives the action of the verb then it will take the objective case:

The mountain conquered me.

Possessive pronouns can act like subjects or objects:

Yours is more colorful.

You can have mine.

Finally, possessive adjectives do not function like subjects or objects. Like other adjectives they accompany a noun that they modify:

I love your hair.