Different Types of Pronouns

Subject Pronouns

The pronouns which are often (but not always) found at the beginning of a sentence are called Subject Pronoun. More precisely, the subject of a sentence is the person or thing that lives out the verb.

For Example; I live with my family in Dhaka city. In this sentence, I is pronoun.

Similarly, He and I had a fight. In this sentence there are two subjects because he and I were both involved in the fight.

Object Pronouns

By contrast, objects and object pronouns indicate the recipient of an action or motion. They come after verbs and prepositions (to, with, for, at, on, beside, under, around, etc.).

The bookie showed me a crowbar and told me to pay him immediately.

I begged him for more time.


Personal pronoun: The pronoun which stands in spite of people, places, things and ideas is called personal pronoun.

For Example: My name is Mahbub Murad. I am a student of a private university.

Interrogative pronoun: One of the pronouns ‘who’, ‘whose’, ‘whom’, ‘what’, and ‘which’ when they are used to ask questions is called Interrogative pronoun.

For Example:

“Who are you?”

“What is the meaning of life?”

“Which way should I go?”

Reciprocal pronoun: the pronoun ‘each other’ and ‘one another’, used to show that two people do or feel the same thing; EG they loved each other.

The distinction in use is whether you refer to two people (“each other”) or to more than two (“one another”).

For Example:

Have you met each other before?

We shared our thoughts with one another.

Reflexive pronoun: a pronoun ending in ‘-self’, such as ‘myself’ or ‘themselves’, which is used as the object of a verb when the person affected by an action is the same as the person doing it.

For Example: “I bought myself a new car.” (Myself is reflexive of I.)

“Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately? (Yourself is reflexive of you.)

Relative pronoun: a ‘wh’-word such as ‘who’ or ‘which’, used to introduce a relative clause; EG …the girl who was carrying the bag. 

For Example: I’ll do whatever I please.

I’ll find out which one is correct.

The vase that was on the table is missing. 

Possessive pronoun: one of the words ‘mine’, ‘yours’, ‘hers’, ‘his’, ‘ours’, and ‘theirs’ etc. are called Possessive pronoun.

Indefinite Pronouns: The pronoun which does not show a thing or many things directly is called indefinite pronoun. The pronouns are- all, some, each, one, none, somebody, everybody, several, any, fewer, several, most,  etc.


For example: All’s well that ends well.

Each student has got his or her text books.

One should do one’s duty.

None is to none under the sun.

Somebody is going to do it.

Have you sent invitations to everybody?

 I recognized several people at the party.

Demonstrative Pronouns: This class of pronoun directs the reader’s attention to an indirect noun.

I’m not going to eat this.

That was quite an experience!

What are these?

I’ve never seen those before.

Such is my understanding of the situation.

Intensive Pronouns: Intensive pronouns are simply personal pronouns with -self or -selves attached, such as in the following sentences-

myself have done the work.

She would have said so herself, but he beat her to it.

Intensive pronouns, like the otherwise identical-looking reflexive pronouns (below), are not essential to the sentence; omit the highlighted word in each of these examples, and the sentences still make sense without the intensive pronoun.


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