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Personal and Relative Pronouns

Sep 1, 2022

Personal Pronouns 

  • It is a pronoun that is used to replace a person, place or thing. They are as follows: 
  • (I, you, he, she, it, we, they, me, him, her, us, and them
  • There are three personal pronouns that we use for objects/ things: they, them, it

Their Uses: 

They avoid repetition of same word. 

If the noun is singular, then the pronoun is singular. 

  • Jill got a new pet. (singular noun) 
  • She got a new pet (singular noun) 

If the noun is plural, then the pronoun is plural. 

  • The children love the playground (singular noun) 
  • They love the playground (plural pronoun) 

Relative Pronouns 

A relative pronoun connects a clause or phrase to a noun or pronoun. This clause describes the nouns. 

Relative pronouns are as follows: who, whose, whom, which, and that. When and where are also used as relative pronouns. 


Relative pronouns (in bold) are placed directly after the noun or pronoun they modify. 

The subject (nouns / pronouns)(in italics) of the sentence is described by a relative / adjective clause. (underlined) These clauses describe the noun or pronoun. So, they are also called adjective clauses. 

  • The children whom we love dearlyneed better health plans. 
  • The cop who saved the girl was very brave. 
  • Remember the day when we met for the first time? 
  • The painting which has such a rich history, is now for sale.  
  • Never lie to a lawyer  whosejob is to help you. 
  • This is the movie that everyone is excited about. 
  • I have a cousin whose dog is adorable. 
  • I remember a time when I could buy candy for 10 cents. 
  • I want to visit the hospital where my cousin was getting treated. 


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