Personal, Possessive, and Reflexive Pronouns – Pronouns in English have many types, such as personal, obsessive, and reflexive pronouns. Each type of pronouns has different forms, patterns, and functions. For more details, here’s a brief explanation of personal, possessive and reflexive pronouns.
Form of Personal, Possessive, and Reflexive Pronouns
Just so you know, pronouns are words that replace nouns. And as we explained earlier, pronouns have three types. If you want to learn more about this subject matter, please pay attention to the table below:
|Personal Subject Pronouns||I||you||she||he||it||we||they|
|Reflexive Pronouns||myself||yourself / yourselves||herself||himself||itself||ourselves||themselves|
Use of Personal, Possessive, and Reflexive Pronouns
There are some specific rules of using personal, possessive, and reflexive pronouns in a sentence. Please note that these examples below are mostly about building robots.
A. Subject pronouns come before verbs
We built lots of little robots on wheels.
Like children, they learned.
B. Non-subject pronouns can come after verbs and prepositions
We gave them ‘eyes’ to see with.
One of them became a ‘leader’.
C. Possessive pronouns replace a possessive and a noun
My friends and I made the robots, but they weren’t ours / our robots.
D. Notice the structure noun + ‘of‘ + possessive pronoun
A friend of mine
Those keys of yours
Something of his
E. Reflexive pronouns are necessary when the subject and object are the same
Do you know what they did in the new world they found themselves in?
Now, please read a paragraph below so that you will be more understand about pronouns.
How to Use Pronouns in Daily Life
A. Reflexive pronouns can also be used to emphasize the subject or object, with the meaning ‘nobody or nothing else’
The rest they found out for themselves. (they found out, nobody else)
B. Pronoun ‘it’ can replace whole ideas, phrases and sentences
We want to get another telephone line, but it (getting a telephone line) can take a long time.
C. ‘You’ is often used to mean ‘everybody’, including yourself
When do you leave school in your country? When you are 16.
D. The reflexive pronoun ‘yourself‘ is common after some imperatives that need an object
Help yourself to tea or coffee.
E. ‘They’ can be used to show ‘people in power’ or experts, but you don’t know exactly who
They say that the world is getting hotter every day, don’t they?
F. ‘They‘ and ‘them’ can replace ‘he’ or ‘she’ or ‘someone‘ when you don’t know if a person is male or female
I saw someone outside, but I don’t know if they (he or she) saw me.
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