Be a Pro With Pronouns
If it weren't for pronouns, we'd keep saying the same words over and over and over and over.
Pronoun: A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. There are several different types.
Subject pronoun: A subject pronoun replaces a subject noun. The subject pronouns are I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they.
Object pronouns: An object pronoun replaces a noun that's the object of the sentence. The object pronouns are me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them.
Demonstrative pronouns: This, that, these,and those sometimes function as pronouns. They differ from demonstrative adjectives insomuch that they replace a noun instead of modifying one. I hope you understand this (this, in this case, is a demonstrative pronoun). I really hope you understand this section (this, in this instance, is a demonstrative adjective; it modifies section).
Indefinite pronouns: Indefinite pronouns function in the same manner as demonstrative pronouns, without referring to a specific object. For example, I have some. In this sentence, some is a pronoun referring to an indefinite amount. Don't confuse indefinite pronouns with indefinite adjectives. For example, I ate some cake. In this example, some modifies cake, making it an indefinite adjective.
Intensive and reflexive pronouns: Myself, yourself, himself, herself, ourselves, yourselves and themselves can function as intensive or reflexive pronouns. It's an intensive pronoun when it intensifies a noun or other pronoun. For example, He himself completed the task. It's a reflexive pronoun when it points back to a noun or pronoun without intensifying it. For example, she congratulated herself for scoring the winning goal.
Possessive pronouns: Mine, yours, ours and theirs are possessive pronouns. They replace an object possessed by the subject. In the sentence; This is mine, mine replaces this, making it a pronoun.
Interrogative and relative pronouns: Who, whom, whose, what and which sometimes function as interrogative or relative pronouns. They replace an unknown noun. For example, Who is the brilliant teacher who wrote this? The first who in this sentence is a pronoun. Because it begins an interrogative sentence, it's an interrogative pronoun. The second who is a relative pronoun because it begins a subordinate clause that replaces a person or thing in another part of a sentence.
Pronouns are always first person, second person, or third person.
First person singular pronouns: When the speaker, writer or narrator replaces him or herself with a pronoun, it's a first person singular pronoun. Examples include I, me, mine, myself.
First person plural pronouns: These are first person pronouns that involve at least one additional person other than the speaker, writer or narrator. Examples include we, us, our, ourselves.
Second person pronouns: Second person pronouns replace the person being spoken to. They are the same for singular and plural. Examples include you, yours, yourself.
Third person singular pronouns: Third person pronouns replace a noun that does not include the person speaking or the person being spoken to. Third person singular pronouns change based on gender. Male examples include he, him, his, himself. Female examples include she, her, hers, herself.
Third person plural pronouns: Third person plural pronouns replace more than one thing, person, place or idea. Examples include they, them, theirs, themselves.
A pronoun always refers to an antecedent. An antecedent is a fancy word for the noun a pronoun replaces.