English Grammar

The Basics of English Language

Personal Pronoun, Possessive Pronoun

Types of Pronoun


There five types of pronoun

      1. Personal Pronoun
      2. Possessive Pronoun
      3. Reflixive Pronoun
      4. Relative Pronoun
      5. Demonstrative Pronoun


Personal Pronouns

Personal pronoun describes a particular person or thing or group.


Personal pronoun describes the person speaking (I, me, we, us), the person spoken to (you), or the person or thing spoken about (he, she, it, they, him, her, them).

He helps poor.

The pronoun “he” in above sentence describes a person who helps poor.


Use of Personal Pronouns.



Personal Pronoun



Singular 1st Person I Me
2nd Person You You
3rd Person He, She, It Him, Her, It
Plural 1st Person We Us
2nd Person You You
3rd Person They Them

She is intelligent
         They are playing chess.
         He sent me a letter.
         It is raining.
         We love our country.
         The teacher appreciated them.
         I met him yesterday.
         He gave her a gift.
         Did you go to home?

Possessive Pronouns

Possessive Pronoun indicates close possession or ownership or relationship of a thing/person to another thing/person.
e.g. yours, mine, his,  hers, ours, theirs, hers,


This book is mine.

The pronoun “mine” describes the relationship between book and a person (me) who possesses this book or who is the owner of this book.




Possessive Pronoun

Singular 1st Person Mine
2nd Person Yours
3rd Person Hers, his, its
Plural 1st Person Ours
2nd Person Yours
3rd Person Theirs

        That car is hers.
        Your book is old. Mine is new.
        The pen on the table is mine.
        The smallest cup is yours.
        The voice is hers.
        The car is ours not theirs.
        I have lost my camera. May I use yours?
        They received your letter. Did you received theirs.


Note: Possessive adjectives (my, her, your) may be confused with possessive pronouns. Possessive adjective modifies noun in terms of possession. Both possessive adjective and possessive show possession or ownership, but possessive adjective is used (with noun) to modify the noun while Possessive pronoun is used instead (in place of) a noun.


This is my book. (Possessive adjective: “my” modifies the noun “book”)
This book is mine. (Possessive pronoun: “mine” is used instead of noun “to whom the book belongs”)



  1. Pronoun, Types of Pronoun
  2. Reflexive Pronoun, Relative Pronoun, Demonstrative Pronoun