Personal pronouns are the most used pronouns. They can be divided into four categories: subject, object, possessive, and possessive adjectives.
Ok, Possessive adjectives are technically adjectives not pronouns but they are included because of how they are used. Possessive adjectives are commonly called possessives.
Subject personal pronouns
A subject pronoun is used as the subject of a sentence (or clause). The subject pronouns are I, you,he, she, it, we, you, and they.
- I am happy to get my new computer.
- You are my best friend!
- He took my bicycle to the shop for repairs.
- She betrayed my trust.
- It is my favorite toy.
- We will go to Spain for our next vacation.
- Are you both going to arrive on time?
- They were great engineers in the early 18th century.
Object personal pronouns
An object pronoun is used as the object of a sentence (or clause), or prepositional phrase. The object pronouns are me, you, him, her, it, us, you, and them.
- Michael gave the car to me.
- Angel gave it to you.
- Jennifer sold it to him.
- Brooke took the toy from her.
- Mom and dad made it.
- The house is not for us.
- Grandma left the farm to both of you.
- Mark instructed them on how to use the new computer program.
Possessive personal pronouns
A possessive pronoun is used as an object or subject to show ownership or belonging. The Possessive pronouns are mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, and theirs.
- Mine is right here. (It belongs to me)
- That is yours. (It belongs to you.)
- These books are his. (The books belong to him.)
- The telephone is hers. (The telephone belongs to her.)
- They are its not ours. (They belong to it not to us.)
- The cars outside are ours. (The cars belong to us.)
- The books are theirs. (The books belong to them)
A possessive adjective is not really a pronoun but its function is very close to that of possessive pronouns. A possessive adjective is used in front of a noun (subject or object) to show ownership or belonging.
The difference between the possessive adjectives and possessive pronoun is that possessive pronouns replace the noun while possessive adjectives go in front of the noun.
The possessive adjectives are my, your, his, her, its, our, your, and their.
- My name is Claudia.
- Your home is beautiful.
- Ann gave Timothy his present.
- Her doll is an antique.
- Its engine is broken.
- I gave Bruce our address.
- Your car is for both of you to share.
- Their park has many flowers and trees to enjoy all spring.