Personal Pronouns for intermediate learners

A personal pronoun is a word that substitutes a name to avoid repetition. Personal pronouns show us the grammatical person and gender of the name they refer to.

"Personal Pronouns" in the English Grammar

What Are Personal Pronouns?

Personal pronouns are a type of pronoun that refers to specific individuals or things and can replace nouns in a sentence. Personal pronouns have three distinguishing features:

  1. person (first, second, third)
  2. number (singular, plural)
  3. gender (feminine, masculine, neutral)


We have three grammatical persons:

using "they" as a personal pronoun

  1. first-person → I, me, we
  2. second-person → you, yourselves
  3. third-person → he, her, himself, they, them


In English, pronouns are typically divided into two groups:

  1. singular (one person) → I, me, myself
  2. plural (more than one person) → we, us, them, ourselves


English personal pronouns have three categories based on gender:

  1. Masculine (men/boys) → he, him, himself
  2. Feminine (women/girls) → she, her, herself
  3. Neutral (things/animals) → we, it, they

English Personal Pronouns

The basic personal pronouns of modern English are:


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