personal pronouns

 
Topic
Pronouns - personal pronouns (I, me, you etc)

Pronouns are words we use in the place of a full noun.

We have both subject and object pronouns:

 

Subject Object
I me
you you
he him
she her
it it
we us
you you
they them

 

We use he/him to refer to men, and she/her to refer to women. When we are not sure if we are talking about a man or a woman we use they/them.

This is Jack. He’s my brother. I don’t think you have met him.
This is Angela. She’s my sister. Have you met her before?
Talk to a friend. Ask them to help you.
You could go to a doctor. They might help you.

Subject pronouns

We use subject pronouns as subject of the verb:

I like your dress.
You are late.
He is my friend
It is raining
She is on holiday
We live in England.
They come from London.

 

Warning

Remember: English clauses always have a subject:

His father has just retired. Was a teacher. > He was a teacher.
I’m waiting for my wife. Is late.  > She is late.

If there is no other subject we use it or there. We call this a dummy subject.

 

 Object pronouns

 We use object pronouns:

• as the object of the verb:

Can you help me please?
I can see you.
She doesn’t like him.
I saw her in town today.
We saw them in town yesterday, but they didn’t see us.

• after prepositions:

She is waiting for me.
I’ll get it for you.
Give it to him.
Why are you looking at her?
Don’t take it from us.
I’ll speak to them

Exercise

Comments

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Hello sir/madame. My name is Kenan from Istanbul. I want to ask a question about personal pronouns. It is logical to go on this example: "Have you talked to a lawyer? They can tell you your rights" We normally don't know about lawyer's gender so we must use "they". It's okay. But can we use "he or she" like that instead of "they". If it can, which one has the common using?

Thank you very much indeed for your kind assistance.

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Kenan Saatcioglu

Hello Kenan Saatcioglu,

It's perfectly fine to say 'he or she' or 'they' when we do not know the gender of the person. Which you use is a question of preference and personal style more than anything else, so use whichever you prefer.

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Peter

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Hello! I have a question. In this stage - "Where do you want these bags? Shall I put __ over here?" - I thought the correct answer is "it" bacause "bags" is an inanimate object. Why it is wrong?

Hello kraspu,

'it' is used to refer to singular inanimate objects; when referring to a plural inanimate object (such as 'bags'), you should use 'them'.

Best regards,
Kirk
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Hello The Learn English Team,
I am confused about some pronoun which has used here. Such as they for a lawyer and them for someone. Can you please add the rules or list of pronoun used against particular Noun..

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Md. Kayesar Ahmmed

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