Pronoun is an important grammatical unit used instead of noun to avoid repetition of same word or noun in the sentence. Among the various categories of pronouns, personal pronouns are most important due to intensive use in the daily expressions. Personal pronouns which are determined by person, number and gender are used to refer or represent actual people in the sentence. Through this blog, “understanding functions of personal pronouns” I’m going to describe the role and functions of personal pronouns…
“Meaning and definition of pronouns”
In the english grammar, pronoun is a grammatical term used in place of noun in case of frequency of uses to avoid unnecessary repetition in the same sentence.
•David is a football player. David practices daily with friends.
•David is a football player. He practices daily with friends.
In the first example, there is a reputation of same noun that seems strange or unnatural. But, in the second example, we used “He” singular, first person personal pronoun to replace “David”. And, that sounds better than first.
In english language, there are various types of pronouns used as per the requirement. These are :– Personal, reflexive, emphatic, demonstrative, indefinite, distributive, reciprocal, relative, and interrogative.
It is the most important pronouns frequently used to represent or indicate actual people in the sentence. At the same time, personal pronouns are also used to represent animals and other things as well. But, the use of this pronoun is determined by person, number and gender of the nouns or things for which it is used. I, we, you, he, she, it, they are personal pronouns used according to person, number, and gender..
•”I” personal pronoun is first person singular used for masculine, as well as feminine gender.
•I am studying with my friend now.
•Don’t worry I will help you in need.
•”We” personal pronoun is first person plural used for masculine, as well as feminine gender.
•We are going to visit national parks tomorrow.
•We used to go for jogging daily.
•”You” pronoun is second person used for both numbers and gender.
•You are so lucky man that you have got this chance.
•I think you don’t know how to play football.
•”He” personal pronoun is singular third person used for masculine gender.
•He is a gifted player.
•He teaches in a simple manner.
•”She” personal pronoun is singular third person used for feminine gender.
•She is my favorite teacher.
•She sings melodiously.
“It” personal pronoun is third person singular but gender neuter. Whereas, ‘They” personal pronoun is third person plural but gender neutral.
•I like that animal. It is so attractive.
•I like peacock as it looks so colorful.
•Thse people are so lucky as they escaped from that accident.
•They are best friends since childhood.
Apart from this, these personal pronouns are subject to modification as per the different cases. For more information about “noun cases” you can see earlier blogs on this site.