5 Types of Pronouns in English

Types of Pronouns in English

There are different pronouns and sometimes it is hard to keep track of all of them :

  • Personal pronouns
  • Demonstrative pronouns
  • Interrogative pronouns
  • Indefinite pronouns
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Reciprocal pronouns
  • Relative pronouns
  • Reflexive pronouns
  • Intensive pronouns

9 Types of Pronouns

There are different types of pronouns and with this guide, you will get a pretty good idea of what they are and when to use them.

#1 Personal Pronouns

personal pronoun is a short word we use as a simple substitute for the proper name of a person.

Each of the English personal pronouns shows us the grammatical person, gender, number, and case of the noun it replaces. 

I, you, he, she, it, we they are personal pronouns

Examples:

  • I don’t have any money
  • She loves me
  • We like Game of Thrones

#2 Demonstrative Pronouns

A demonstrative pronoun is a pronoun that is used to point to something specific within a sentence.

These pronouns can indicate items in space or time, and they can be either singular or plural.

We use this (singular) and these (plural) as pronouns to talk about people or things near us.

We use that (singular) and those (plural)  to talk about things that are not near us.

Examples

  • I don’t like that car
  • She wants to buy that car
  • We hate those guys

#3 Interrogative Pronouns

An interrogative pronoun is a pronoun which is used to make asking questions easy. There are just five interrogative pronouns.

Who, which, who, whose and whom are interrogative pronouns

Examples

  • What’s your name?
  • Whose bag is this?

#4 Indefinite Pronouns

An indefinite pronoun does not refer to any specific person, thing or amount. Some indefinite pronouns are: all, another, any, anybody,anyone, anything, each, everybody, everyone, everything, few, many, nobody, none, one, several, some, somebody,someone

Examples:

  • Nobody cares about me
  • Somebody knows our location
  • Everyones likes this guys

#5 Possessive Pronouns

Possessive pronouns include my, mine, our, ours, its, his, her, hers, their, theirs, your and yours. These are all words that demonstrate ownership.

Examples:

  • That’s my car
  • This laptop is mine

#6 Reciprocal Pronouns

A reciprocal pronoun is a pronoun used to identify an action or feeling that is reciprocated. For this reason, it always refers to more than one person

  • Each other
  • One other

Examples

  • We love each other
  • Let’s love one another

#7 Relative Pronouns

Relative pronouns introduce relative clauses. The most common relative pronouns are who, whom, whose, which, that.

The relative pronoun we use depends on what we are referring to and the type of relative clause.

Examples

  • She is the woman who took my money
  • He is the man that stole my car

#8 Reflexive Pronouns

We use reflexive pronouns when the subject and object of a sentence are the same person or non-person.

There are nine reflexive pronouns:

  1. myself
  2. yourself
  3. himself
  4. herself
  5. oneself
  6. itself
  7. ourselves
  8. yourselves
  9. themselves

Examples

  • They love themselves
  • I cut myself with a knife

#9 Intensive Pronouns

An intensive pronoun emphasizes a preceding noun. Intensive pronouns look exactly the same as reflexive pronouns, but they are only used for emphasis.

Examples of Different Pronouns in a Reading

Let me give  you an example about how they are used in a sentence

  • I am  the new guy around here , This is a picture of me, that ‘s my dog, the house is mine and I am very proud because I built it myself.
  • I went home for christmas and I  found my parents there and a friend of mine, they told me how much they love me and how I have devoted myself to living a  good life.
  • You did all the work  by yourself , you  were persistent, your  friends have been touched by the choices you have made, they love you  and  this victory is all  yours.
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