Personal Pronouns: Subject Pronouns and Object Pronouns

What are personal pronouns? There are various types of pronoun which can be used in the English language, with one of them being the personal pronoun. The personal pronoun is one which is used to refer to a person. These short words include ones such as I, you, he etc and are an integral part of the English language. Without them, you would struggle to form most sentences.

In this section, we are going to explore the personal pronoun in much more detail as well as look at the rules surrounding their use. This will give you more confidence in using them in your written and spoken English.

What are Personal Pronouns?

In the grammatical sense, a personal pronoun is a pronoun that is related mainly to a particular person. Personal pronouns are not limited to people and can also refer to animals and objects.

There are two types of personal pronouns: subject and object.

When the person or thing is the subject of the sentence, subject pronouns are used.


  • I like to watch TV, but he does not.

Object pronouns are used when the person or thing is the object of the sentence.


  • Sophia likes me but not him.

List of Personal Pronouns with Examples

Learn the personal pronouns list (subject pronouns and object pronouns) with example sentences and ESL picture.

Subject pronouns

Subject pronouns include I, you, she, he, it, we, they. Subject pronouns replace the name of the subject in the sentence.

For example:

  • I don’ t want to go home in the dark.
  • You cannot judge a tree by its bark.
  • She struck him on the nose.
  • He studies hard to pass the exam.
  • It’s so beautiful!
  • We are not born for ourselves.
  • They‘ve lived there for 10 years.

Object pronouns

Object pronouns include me, you, her, him, it, us, them.

For example:

  • Ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies.
  • John will call you soon.
  • Don’t tell her the truth.
  • I helped him pull his boots off.
  • Don’t beat it like that.
  • He has transmitted the report to us.
  • Miracles are to those who believe in them.

Learn more about gender pronouns and gender-neutral pronouns in English. 

Personal Pronoun Chart

Personal Pronouns: Definition, Examples of Subject Pronouns & Object Pronouns

All Pronouns in English

English Pronoun List