Personal pronouns take the place of nouns that refer to people, but not all personal pronouns refer to people. The third person pronoun it refers to animals and things.

Singular Plural Singular Plural
Subject pronouns Possessive pronouns
Determiner
I we my our
you you your your
he they his their
she they her their
it they its their
Object pronouns Possessive pronouns
me us mine ours
you you yours yours
him them his theirs
her them hers theirs
it them    
 

Personal pronouns have number, person, and gender. The Personal Pronoun must be of the same number, gender, and person as the noun for which it represents.

Number:

The pronoun must agree with the noun it represents in number.

  • Singular: The boy is playing with his kite. He has a red kite.
  • Plural: The boys are playing with their kites. They have kites of various colours.

Person:

  • First person: I hate clipping my nails.
  • Second person: You should not have done it.
  • Third person: It is a rare species of fish.

Gender:

The pronoun must agree with the noun it represents in gender.

  • Masculine: Jill has a boyfriend. He comes across as a bit of a bore to her.
  • Feminine: John’s sister loves to eat pizza. She eats it almost every day.
  • Neuter: We have an old kitchen table. It has a broken leg.