Personal Pronouns

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10364

How do you talk about someone or something when you don't know the person's or thing's name? Using online references, worksheets, articles, and your own writing skills, learn about personal pronouns!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

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If you had to write a story about this picture and didn't know the people's names, how would you describe this picture?

In this lesson, we will explore the three kinds of personal pronouns.

A personal pronoun takes the place of a noun. Pronouns are used to make your writing sound more natural. Personal Pronouns name the speaker, the person spoken to, or the person, place or thing spoken about.

Let's look more closely at the use of personal pronouns. Look back at the picture. 

  • What pronouns did you think about? 
  • Did you list he, she, they, we, us, you, or it?
  • Can you think of any more?

The first person pronouns that name the speaker are I, me, we, and us.

You use these pronouns instead of your own name. You would also use these pronouns when speaking about yourself with a group, as in the following examples:

  • play basketball.
  • Joe played basketball with me.
  • Our basketball team won the game.

Share a few of your own personal experiences to create a sentences using pronouns.

Second person pronouns refer to the person spoken to. The personal pronoun that names the person spoken to is you.

  • Did you score in the game last week? 

Third person personal pronouns refer to the person spoken about in a sentence. These pronouns include he, she, it, they, him, her, and them.

  • He scored the first run in the game.

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