Personal pronouns basics

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Look at the following sentences:

The words in bold letters are examples of personal pronouns.

Personal pronouns belong to three categories: first person, second person and third person.

First person

The pronouns I, my, mine, me, we, our, ours and us are called first person pronouns.

Second person

The pronouns you, your, yours are called second person pronouns. Note that the archaic words thou, thine, thee and ye are also second person pronouns. They are, nevertheless, seldom used except in poetry.

Third person

The pronouns he, his, him, she, her, hers, they, their, theirs, them, it and its are called third person pronouns.


A personal pronoun can be in three case forms: nominative case, objective case and possessive case.

The pronouns I, you, he, she, it, they and we are said to be in the nominative case (subject form).

The pronouns my, mine, your, yours, his, her, hers, its, our, ours, their and theirs are said to be in the possessive case. The pronouns me, you, him, her, it, us and them are said to be in the objective case (object form).

See also

Common errors with adverbs New!
Common errors with conjunctions New!
Expressing a condition
Expressing a concession or contrast
Common errors with adjectives
Common errors with pronouns
Common errors with nouns and noun phrases
Causative use of Have
Indirect questions