Subject Pronouns for beginners

Pronouns that are used in the position of a subject in sentences are called subject pronouns. In this article, you find all your answers about subject pronouns.

Subject Pronouns in the English Grammar

English Subject Pronouns

The subject pronouns in English are:

Singular Plural
1st-person I We
2nd-person You You
3rd-person He/She/It They

You: Plural and Singular

'You' is the singular and plural, second-person pronoun. It refers to the person or people being spoken to.

Hi, Kelly. Are you OK? (Singular You)

Hi guys! How are you? (Plural You)

Gender of Subject Pronouns

Subject pronouns can refer to a man or boy (masculine), a woman or a girl (feminine) an animal or a thing (neutral). Look at the table below:

Third-person Singular Pronouns
Man He → John, David, man, boy
Woman She → Mary, Kate, woman, girl
Non-Human It → chair, dog, bird, book

What Do Subject Pronouns Do?

Subject pronouns do the action in a sentence. Take a look at these sentences:

My brother is 7 years old. My brother is really cute. My brother is smart.

The sentences above sound repetitive and awkward. We can fix them by using subject pronouns:

My brother is 7 years old. He is really cute and smart.

Now, let us take a look at more examples:

He is going to the movies.

A : Where's your office?

B : It's on the third floor.


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Demonstrative Pronouns

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Reflexive Pronouns

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Emphatic Pronouns

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