Pronouns are one of those chapters that are introduced while students are still in their elementary classes. Pronouns are one of the most basic grammatical concepts that teachers/parents should teach students. This article will talk about pronouns so that students develop the basic knowledge of pronouns. So let’s see what the following points discussed in this article are.
- What are pronouns?
- Types of pronouns
What are Pronouns?
How would you explain to a child what a pronoun is? Explaining things to kids can be difficult, so when explaining something, you have to ensure that they can easily perceive whatever you are saying. So if you want to explain to a child what pronouns are, start with a simple explanation.
In simple terms, pronouns refer to those words that are used instead of nouns. Generally, pronouns are used to avoid repeated use of nouns. For example, “Tina studies in Daffodils High School. Tina is in class 3.” Here, to avoid the repeated use of the noun ‘Tina’, we will use pronouns here, “Tina studies in Daffodils High School. She is in class 3.” Here ‘she’ is an example of personal pronouns. Let’s go through the various types of pronouns thar’s discussed below to develop a better understanding about pronouns.
Types of Pronouns
Pronouns can be divided into many categories, but today, we will learn about five important types. Let’s have a look at them.
- Personal pronouns – Personal pronouns refer to those pronouns that are used to substitute proper nouns. Words like “I, you, me, us, he, him, her, she, it, they and them.” are known as personal pronouns. For example, “Yusuf goes to play everyday. Yusuf has a younger sister. Yusuf plays with younger sister everyday.” Here, if we use personal pronouns, then the sentence will be “Yusuf goes to play everyday. He has a younger sister. He plays with her everyday. If you want to know more about them, you can find them on BYJU’S website. BYJU’S has also designed various personal pronouns worksheets for students.
- Demonstrative pronouns – Demonstrative pronouns refer to those pronouns that are used to point toward specific people or things. Words like “that, this, these, those” are known as demonstrative pronouns. For example, “This bag belongs to Rita.” Here, ‘this’ is used to indicate a bag that belongs to Rita.
- Interrogative pronouns – The word ‘interrogate’ means to ask; similarly, interrogative pronouns refer to those pronouns that ask questions. Words like “who, whom, whose, which and what” are interrogative pronouns. For example, “Who won the match last night?”
- Possessive pronouns – Possessive pronouns refer to those pronouns that are used to show possession or ownership of a noun. Words like “mine, yours, hers, his, its, theirs, ours” are possessive pronouns. For example, “This book is mine.”
- Reflexive Pronouns – Reflexive pronouns refer to a direct object when the object is the same as the subject of the verb. Words like “myself, himself, herself, themselves, itself and yourself” are reflexive pronouns. For example, “Tina cut herself while chopping vegetables”.
So, to sum up, after going through this article, students will have a basic understanding of pronouns and also the different types of pronouns.