The Different Types of Pronouns

In Brief...

Pronouns are words that can replace nouns or other pronouns. They are used to make writing clearer and less repetitive. Personal pronouns refer to specific things or people. The form of the personal pronoun will change to indicate gender, number, case, and person. There are several different kinds of personal pronouns.


  1. Subjective and objective personal pronouns
    • Subjective: I, you, he, she, we, they, it
    • Objective: me, you, her, him, us, it, them
  2. Possessive personal pronouns
    • My, her, their, his, mine, yours, ours, theirs, its

Other kinds of pronouns are used to refer to or identify nouns, ask questions, link phrases or clauses, or perform other functions within the sentence as listed below:

  1. Demonstrative pronouns (identify nouns)
    • This, that, these, those
  2. Interrogative pronouns (ask questions)
    • Who, whom, which, what
  3. Relative pronouns (link phrases or clauses)
    • Who, whom, that, which
  4. Reflexive pronouns (refer back to the subject)
    • Myself, yourself, herself, himself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves
  5. Indefinite pronouns (refer to identifiable, but not specific, persons or things)
    • Anybody, everybody, all, any, anything, one, none, several
  6. Intensive pronouns (emphasizes its antecedent)
    • I, myself; they, themselves; he, himself

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