Pronouns: Learn all types Of Pronouns with easy examples

1. What is a Pronoun?

A Pronoun is a word that is used instead of a Noun or Noun Phrase. To clarify, see the examples given below.

  1. The man saw the girls.
  2. The girls were playing.
  3. However, the girls did not see the man. 
  4. The man went on watching the girls.

The above sentences can be rewritten with “Pronouns” as follows:

  1. The man saw the girls.
  2. They were playing.
  3. However, They did not see the man.
  4. He went on watching them.

Look now it sounds better. The noun (girls) has not been used repeatedly. Instead of the noun(Girls), we used the pronoun i.e., ‘They’.

Similarly, we also used the pronoun(He) for the Noun(man).

So, now you must have got clarification that ‘pronouns” are used instead of ‘Nouns’. Because , if we use the same noun again and again it sounds bad.

2. Types of Pronouns

Significantly, There are 07 types of pronouns. They are as follows:

  1. Personal Pronoun.
  2. Demonstrative Pronoun.
  3. Interrogative Pronoun.
  4. Reflexive Pronoun.
  5. Emphasizing Pronoun.
  6. Possessive Pronoun.
  7. Relative Pronoun.

For clarification let’s study the above 07 kinds of pronouns in detail.

I. Personal Pronouns

A Pronoun that stands for a person or a thing is called a Personal Pronoun.

There are 03 kinds of Personal Pronouns. They are as follows:

1st PersonIWE
2nd PersonYOUYOU
3rd PersonHe, She, ItThey
First, Second, and Third person-English

Examples of ‘Personal Pronouns’

  1. eat ice-cream.
  2. We eat ice-cream.
  3. You eat ice-cream.
  4. You eat ice-cream.
  5. He eats ice-cream.
  6. She eats ice-cream.
  7. It eats ice-cream.
  8. They eat ice-cream.

Note: Third person Singular always takes ‘s/es‘ when they are used in Present Tense affirmative form. Further, Does and Does not when they are used in Interrogative and Negative Simple Present form.

In the above Sentences, the subject (i.e., He, She, and It) examples 5 to 7 are 3rd person singular; for which they have taken ‘s/es’ in their verb.

II. Demonstrative Pronoun

A Demonstrative Pronoun is a pronoun that is used to point out the object or objects to which it refers.

For Example:

  1. This is my computer.
  2. That is my TV.
  3. These are my books.
  4. Those are my notes.

In the above sentences, this, that, these, and those are used to point out the object or object for which they are used. This (singular) and These (plural) refer to things near at hand; that(singular) and those (plural) refer to things lying at a distance. They are, therefore called Demonstrative Pronouns.

Demonstrative Pronouns and Demonstrative Adjectives

The words this, that, these, and those can be used both as demonstrative pronoun and as a demonstrative adjective.

For example:

This is my computer.This” stands for the Noun computer and is a Pronoun
This Computer is mine.“This ” qualifies the Noun Computer, therefore it is an Adjective
Those are books.those: stands for the Noun books and is a Pronoun.
Those books are mine.those” qualifies the Noun books and is an Adjective.
These are good books.these” is a Demonstrative Pronoun
These books are good.“these” is Demonstrative Adjective
Demonstrative Pronouns and Demonstrative Adjectives-examples and description.

III. Interrogative Pronoun

A pronoun that is used to ask a question is known as an Interrogative Pronoun.

For examples:

  1. What is this?
  2. Which is your car?
  3. Who is he?
  4. Whose notes are these?
  5. Whom do you want to marry?

What and Which are used for things or ideas. Whereas, Who, whom, and whose are used for persons

IV. Reflexive Pronoun

Reflexive Pronouns are the words like myself, ourselves, yourself, yourselves, himself, herself, itself, and themselves, used as the receiver of action are known as Reflexive Pronouns. See the examples given below:

1st PersonMyselfI motivate myself. OurselvesWe blamed ourselves.
2nd PersonYourselfDon’t ruin yourself.YourselvesLearn yourselves.
3rd PersonHimself, Herself, Itself1. He/She blamed himself/herself.
2. The dog hurt itself.
ThemselvesThe monks work themselves.
Reflexive Pronoun-First, Second, and Third-person with examples -English

V. Emphasizing Pronoun

When a Pronoun is used only for the sake of emphasis it is called Emphasizing Pronoun.

For examples:

  1. I myself blamed for the sake of end of quarrel.
  2. You yourself must do this work.
  3. He himself works out his homework daily.
  4. They themselves went to the police station.

The bold words are the Emphasizing Pronoun. Especially, they are used to emphasize the circumstance.

VI. Possessive Pronouns

A Pronoun that shows the possessiveness of something is called a Possessive Pronoun.

For example:

  1. This is not your computer. It is mine.
  2. That motorbike is not mine. It is yours.
  3. This is not her book. It is his.
  4. They have bought a new car. That is theirs.
  5. Those book books are ours.
  6. Rani said that those books were hers.

The words mine, ours, yours, his, hers, its, and theirs do not qualify Nouns. They show possession. That is why they are Possessive Pronouns.

VII. Relative Pronoun

The Pronouns that combine two sentences and refer back to the Nouns going before them are called Relative Pronouns.

  1. I met a teacher whom I had met yesterday. (I met a teacher. I had met him yesterday.)
  2. This is the bag that Radhika bought.(This is the bag. Radhika bought it.)
  3. He is the comedian whom I met last month. He is the comedian. I met him last month.

Look, the antecedent of whom is “teacher”. The noun to which a Relative Pronoun refers or describes is called its Antecedent.

Pronouns and their Forms
SubjectObject form
You(to) you
It(to) it
They Them
The Object and Object form of the Pronoun

Exercises (Pronoun)

1. Fill in the blanks with appropriate Pronouns.

  1. The car does not belong to __________.
  2. Rohit likes to play with Rohan’s toys, but __________ does not care for __________.,
  3. Is that __________ your bag?
  4. I gifted my friend a pen and __________ gifted __________ a chocolate.
  5. Look at the flower. How beautiful __________is ?
  6. When went on a shopping, __________ bought a t-shirt.

2. Fill in the blanks with interrogative Pronouns.

  1. __________ is the new book?
  2. __________ told you about his matter?
  3. __________ is your father’s name?
  4. __________ books are these?
  5. __________ is my goal?
  6. __________ is this lovely car?

3. Pick out the Interrogative Pronouns in the following sentences.

  1. What prize has been given to the winner?
  2. Whose responsibility is higher in your country?
  3. Who killed the Raban?
  4. What does your father do?
  5. Which way should I go?
  6. What types of movies do you like the most?
  7. Who has drawn this drawing?

4. Fill in the blanks with Possessive Pronouns.

  1. My friend often encourages me to __________.
  2. Generally, we often deceive __________.
  3. You should do your homework by __________.
  4. She __________ completed all her work.
  5. The dog has hurt__________.

5. Rewrite the following sentence as shown.

  1. Those toys belong to
1. Those toys belong to us. Ans: Those toys are ours.
2. That bag belongs to me.Ans:
3. This camera belongs to him.Ans
4. These books belong to them.Ans:
5. Those photos belong to them.Ans:
Possessive Pronouns-Questions.

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