Pronouns are words that replace nouns. He, she, I, myself, yourself, these, who and what are all examples of pronouns.
A pronoun saves us from repeating a noun. Compare:
- Anthony lives in London. Anthony works in a shop near Anthony’s brother’s house.
- Anthony lives in London. He works in a shop near his brother’s house.
[He and his are pronouns. They replace Anthony and Anthony’s brother’s.]
There are many different types of pronouns in English. Here are some lists, with explanations and examples:
- Personal pronouns: I, me, you, him, . . .
- Reflexive pronouns: myself, yourself, ourselves, . . .
- Possessive pronouns: mine, yours, ours, . . .
- Interrogative pronouns: what, who, whom, . . .