A pronoun is a word used to replace a noun, that is, in place of a person, place, animal or thing. It is used to avoid repetition of a common or proper noun, to make the reading or writing better.
I, you, he, she, it, we, they are all pronouns.
e.g. Sarah lives in Mumbai. Sarah goes to school every day.
Here the name Sarah is repeated in the second sentence. The same can be rewritten using pronouns as under.
Sarah lives in Mumbai. She goes to school every day.
There are three groups of pronouns:
First person – The person speaking is called as first person.
Second person – The person spoken to is called second person.
Third person – The person spoken about is called third person.
The word ‘I’ is always written in capital letters.
There are different types of pronouns:
Personal pronouns – I, you, he, she, it, we, they, me, you, him, her, it, us, them
Reflexive pronouns – myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, themselves, yourselves
Interrogative pronouns – who, whom, whose, what and which
Demonstrative pronouns – this, that, these, those
Possessive pronouns – mine, yours, his, hers, ours, theirs
Indefinite pronouns – everybody, nobody, few, most, each, none