A personal pronoun is a pronoun that is associated primarily with a particular person, in the grammatical sense.
When discussing "person" in terms of the grammatical, the following rules apply:
Personal pronouns may take on various forms depending on number (singular or plural for the most part). They may also take different forms depending on case, gender, or formality. It is important to note that personal pronouns may refer to objects, animals, or people.
Personal pronouns provide us with the following information:
The word "he" is an example of a personal pronoun. He is third person (because he is the person being spoken about), singular, and masculine. The word "we" is another example of a personal pronoun. We is first person (because we are speaking as a group), plural, and neuter.
In the following examples, personal pronouns are italicized.
When a personal pronoun takes the place of a noun as the subject of a sentence, it is both a personal pronoun and a subject pronoun. What is a subject pronoun? In essence, it's any pronoun that is used to replace a common or proper noun as a sentence's subject.
If you are using a personal pronoun to talk about a person, animal, place, or thing that also happens to be the subject of a sentence, then it is classified as both a personal pronoun and a subject pronoun.
When a personal pronoun is the direct or indirect object of a verb, or when it is used as the object of a preposition, it is called an object pronoun. What is an object pronoun? It's any pronoun that is affected by the action the subject of the sentence takes.
The personal pronouns that are used as object pronouns are different than the personal pronouns that are used as subject pronouns, but they are just as important. There are seven object pronouns that also happen to be personal pronouns: me, you, him, her, it, us, and them.
Like all personal pronouns, subject pronouns and object pronouns are used to eliminate repetition within sentences. Additionally, they are always associated with a specific person, group, animal, or inanimate object.
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between subject and object pronouns. It can be helpful to remember that a subject is what a sentence is about, while an object is affected by the action of the subject.
Just like other personal pronouns, subject pronouns and object pronouns can take on different forms depending on number, i.e. whether they are singular or plural. Additionally, they can be used with any of the three grammatical persons, i.e. first-person, second-person, or third-person.
Finally, subject pronouns and object pronouns are related to one another and all other personal pronouns in that the words used may differ depending on the natural or grammatical gender of the words they refer to.
Use the following table to compare subject and object pronouns. Notice that some subject pronouns are identical to certain object pronouns.
|Subject Pronoun||Object Pronoun|