5 Types of Pronouns, Definition, & Examples

5 Types of Pronouns in English. Pronouns can be confusing for both English learners and native speakers. This blog post will outline the five types of pronouns and provide examples for each. After reading this post, you’ll be able to identify pronouns in any sentence and use them correctly!

5 Types of Pronouns in English

What is a pronoun?

A word that can replace a noun in a sentence is called a pronoun.

For example: in a sentence, I love my friend because he is a good boy, the word he is a pronoun

In short, pronouns allow us to shorten our sentences and make them easy to speak and sound repetitive.

List of Pronoun

  • He, You, it, They, I, Who, We, Him, Them, Whoever, Anyone, Something, Nobody

We use different pronouns in our writing and our daily speech and some of the pronouns we use in our daily life are listed below.

  • I, Me, you, he, she, it, we, they, us, them, who, what, this, that, anyone, nobody, something

Pronoun Example

  • We looked at Zaki at his house but he wasn’t there.
  • I took my bike to the mechanic to get it fixed.
  • This is the best car I saw.

Types of Pronouns

There are a lot of different types of pronouns but we will discuss the following.

  • Possessive pronouns
  • Demonstrative pronoun
  • Relative Pronoun
  • Personal Pronoun
  • Interrogative pronoun

1) Possessive pronouns

What is a possessive pronoun? A pronoun that is used to express ownership or possession is called a possessive pronoun

For example, in a sentence, Asma noticed that Faiza’s dog was bigger than hers. The word hers indicates that “Asma’s dog” (the noun has been replaced by the word hers)

2) Demonstrative pronoun

What is a demonstrative pronoun? A pronoun used to point to specific people or things is called a demonstrative pronoun

For example, imagine there was a friend right next to you and a friend that lives in a foreign country. When talking about the friend nearer to you, you would say This is a friend of mine. When you talk about the friend who lives far from you, you would point to it and say That is my friend In these sentences, the words this and that are demonstrative pronouns.

3) Relative Pronoun

What is a Relative Pronoun? Relative pronouns are used to introduce relative clauses.

The most common relative pronouns are whom, who, whose, that, which. etc The relative pronoun we usually use depends on what we are referring to and which type of relative clause we are using in our sentence.

For example, I found a person whose dog lost their collar. (Whose dog lost their collar modifies the word person. Whose introduces a clause that describes a dog that belongs to the person.)

4) Personal Pronoun

What is a personal pronoun?  a pronoun which is used to refer to a speaker or to the people, things that a speaker is referring to is called personal pronoun. Personal pronouns are used to replace proper names in a sentence.

For example, Ali went to bed early because he (Ali) worked hard today.

5) Interrogative pronoun

What is an interrogative pronoun? a pronoun that is used to ask a question is called interrogative pronoun

For example, the word what is an interrogative pronoun in the sentence What are you Doing?, interrogative pronouns replace nouns in sentences like other pronouns.