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What are Personal Pronouns?

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In This Video on Personal Pronouns

Koko and Pip are investigating the curious case of the personal pronouns! They will learn all about what are the personal pronouns we use in language, and how to identify them. They solve the mystery, but all of a sudden there’s a noise. What is it?!

What are Personal Pronouns?

What are personal pronouns used for? They are used to replace common nouns or proper nouns in sentences. Personal pronouns can refer to the person speaking, the person being spoken to, or the person, place, or object being spoken about.

In sentences, personal pronouns can be subjective, where they replace the subject, or objective, where they replace the object.

What are Personal Pronouns Examples

If you find yourself wondering ‘what are some examples of personal pronouns?’, then read on to see some examples of personal pronouns!

What are the first person personal pronouns? The first person personal pronouns can be found in the chart below.

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What are the second person personal pronouns? The second person personal pronouns can be found in the chart below.

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What are the third person personal pronouns? The third person personal pronouns can be found in the chart below.

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Personal Pronouns Summary

Personal pronouns can be in first, second, or third person. They replace subjects and objects in a sentence.

Below, you will find a personal pronouns worksheet for extra practice.

Transcript What are Personal Pronouns?

"We have been looking for clues forever; this is not going well! Wait a second! What's that Pip has found? We replace nouns, hidden in plain sight. Find us quickly, before the end of night! It looks like we need to find the..." personal pronouns. Personal pronouns replace a common noun or a proper noun. Personal pronouns can refer to the person speaking, the person being spoken to, or the person, place, or object being spoken about! There are two types of pronouns. Objective pronouns, which replace the object in a sentence, and subjective pronouns, which replace the subject in a sentence. Personal pronouns can be in first person, which is the I or we perspective, or point of view, the second person, which is the you perspective, or the third person, which is the he, she, they, or it perspective. All pronouns can also be singular, which is when we talk about one subject or object, or plural, when talking about multiple subjects or objects. Subjective pronouns for first person include the singular I and the plural we. Subjective pronouns for second person include you for both singular and plural. Subjective pronouns for third person include the singular he, she, it, and they, and the plural they. Let's take a look at some sentences with subjective pronouns! She spends most of her time in the swimming pool. In this sentence, she is the personal pronoun, and it is a subjective third person pronoun. She could be Rachael, Maureen, or Kathrin! Let's take a look at another sentence. Last night, we went out for some pizza. What is the personal pronoun in this sentence? We is the personal pronoun, and it is a subjective first person pronoun. We would include yourself, and anyone who went with you for pizza! Let's look at one more sentence with a subjective pronoun. They fixed the window that was broken. What is the personal pronoun in this sentence? They is the personal pronoun, and it is a subjective third person pronoun. They would include all the people who repaired the broken window. Sometimes, they can be used as third person singular, if we do not know the preferred pronoun of the person. Objective pronouns for first person include the singular me and the plural us. Objective pronouns for second person also include you for both singular and plural. Objective pronouns for third person include the singular him, her, it, and them, and the plural them. Let's look at some sentences with objective pronouns. Arden managed to climb upon it. It is the third person objective pronoun in this sentence, because it could be anything, like a box! Let's take a look at another sentence. Kate made some delicious cookies for me. What is the objective pronoun in this sentence? Me is the objective pronoun in this sentence, because me is receiving the action of being given cookies. While Koko and Pip finish up finding the hidden personal pronouns, let's review! Remember, personal pronouns can refer to a subject or an object. Personal pronouns can be in the first, second, and third person perspective. Personal pronouns can also be singular or plural in first person, like these, second person, like these, or third person, like these! "Well, that was easy for a pair of smart detectives like us! Well, this is interesting."

What are Personal Pronouns? exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video What are Personal Pronouns?.
  • What do personal pronouns do?

    Hints

    Examples of personal pronouns are he, she, they, them, me, and you. What do those pronouns replace?

    Remember, a personal pronoun replaces a noun. For example, Mike went to the store can be written as: He went to the store.

    Solution

    Personal pronouns replace a common noun or a proper noun.

  • Identify plural pronouns.

    Hints

    Remember, plural pronouns take the place of more than one noun.

    Example: I am going to see Katie and Rose. I am going to see them.

    Plural nouns take the place of multiple subjects or objects.

    Solution

    Plural pronouns are we, us, and them. When talking about multiple subjects or objects, we use plural pronouns.

  • Match examples and definitions of both pronoun types.

    Hints

    Remember, objective pronouns replace a certain thing.

    Look at this example: I want to invite Kevin, Sam, and Ignacio to the party. This can be written using the plural pronoun them, which takes the place of all the nouns.

    I want to invite them to the party.

    Solution
    • Objective pronouns replace the object in a sentence: The box was heavy. It was heavy. The box is an object, so we replace the box with it.
    • Subjective pronouns replace the subject in a sentence: Kevin, Mark and Charlie went to the park. They went to the park. Kevin, Mark, and Charlie are subjective pronouns, we we replace them with the plural personal pronoun they.
  • What is the pronoun?

    Hints

    Remember, the personal pronoun takes the place of the noun.

    Look at this example: Carlos rode his bike. Carlos is a subjective pronoun. Carlos can be replaced by the personal pronoun he. He rode his bike.

    Remember, subjective pronouns can be replaced with the personal pronouns she, he, they, them, us, you, we, and I.

    Solution

    The personal pronouns you wrote replace the nouns.

    We replaces my friend and I. We is the plural personal pronoun.

    They replaces Sharon, Mike, Miguel, Sam. They takes the place of all subjective pronouns.

    She replaces Maria. Maria is a singular subjective pronoun, so it gets replaced by she.

    It replaces trampoline. Since trampoline is an object, the noun is replaced with the pronoun it.

  • Identify which pronoun is needed.

    Hints

    Remember, the pronoun replaces the noun.

    Look at this example. Steven, Alison, and I are walking home. We can replace multiple nouns (Steven, Alison, and I) with the plural pronoun we. We are walking home.

    Remember to use the appropriate personal pronoun. For example, when we are describing something that is his, we can describe that person as he.

    There are two types of personal pronouns: subjective and objective.

    Subjective pronouns describe the subject in a sentence: he, she, they, them, his, hers...

    Objective pronouns describe the object in a sentence: it.

    Solution

    The pronouns are he, she, it, and us.

    He is enjoying his lunch. Since we see the pronoun his, we know the subject is he.

    Does she have her homework? Since we see the pronoun her, we know the subject is she.

    I don't need this book, do you want it? A book is an object, so we use the objective personal pronoun it.

    Eli and I are going to the movies, do you want to come with us? We are describing multiple people, including the speaker, so we use the plural personal pronoun us.

  • Which type of pronoun?

    Hints

    Remember, a personal pronoun in 1st person is the I or we perspective.

    Remember, a personal pronoun in 2nd person is the you perspective.

    Remember, third person personal pronouns show the he, she, they, or it perspective.

    Solution

    1st person personal pronouns include: I, me, we, and us.

    2nd person personal pronouns include: you.

    3rd person personal pronouns include: he, she, it, they, him, her, and them.