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Pronouns are words that are used in place of nouns to avoid repeating nouns. So, instead of saying Mary put Mary's pencil on Mary's desk then closed the door to Mary's classroom, you can say Mary put her pencil on her desk and then closed the door...

There are two important rules to remember when using pronouns.

First, remember that pronouns must always refer to a specific noun in a previous discussion. In the example in the previous paragraph the pronoun her refers to Mary.

Secondly, remember that pronouns must agree in number, person, and gender with the noun they refer to.

There are many types of pronouns in English, but for now we will concentrate on only subject and object pronouns.

Most pronouns with m in them are object pronouns. Object pronouns are usually used at the end of a phrase or sentence where the m is easy to pronounce.

Below is a table that shows the common pronouns along with an example of their usage.

Subject Pronouns
I came home yesterday.
You came home yesterday.
He came home yesterday.
She came home yesterday.
It came home yesterday.
We came home yesterday.
You came home yesterday.
They came home yesterday.
Object pronouns
Bob knows me.
Bob knows you.
Bob knows him.
Bob knows her.
Bob knows it.
Bob knows us.
Bob knows you
Bob knows them.
Singular Pronouns Plural Pronouns
Subject Object Subject Object
I meweus
youyouyou
he, she, ithim, her, ittheythem

I met Don yesterday. He is a friendly person.

In the sentence, He is a friendly person. He is a subject pronoun that refers back toDon in the sentence I met Don yesterday.

I met Jim. I know him.

In the sentence, I know him. Him is an object pronoun that refers back to Jim in the sentence I met Jim.