Pronouns take the place of a noun; usually serve as the subject of a sentence (I, he/she, it, you, they).
Antecedents: the word to which the pronoun refers or replaces (boy = he).
There are many types of pronouns, but the most common and usable are:
- Personal: (1) the speaker or speakers, which is called first person (I, my, mine, me, myself, we, our, ours, us, ourselves); (2) those spoken to, which is called second person (you, your, yours, yourself, yourselves); or (3) those spoken about, which is called third person (he, his, him, she, her, hers, it, its, they, their, them).
- Possessive: possessive pronouns are personal pronouns that show ownership (of an object, etc.). These pronouns include: my, mine, your, yours, his, her, hers, its, our, ours, their, and theirs.
- Demonstrative: demonstrative pronouns POINT OUT (or demonstrate) SPECIFIC objects, etc. These pronouns are: this, that, these and those.
- Indefinite: idefinite pronouns are the opposite of demonstrative pronouns. They point out GENERAL objects, etc., and include the following terms: another, any, anybody, anyone, anything, both, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, many, neither, nobody, none, no one, one, other, others, some, somebody, and someone.
- Interrogative: Interrogative pronouns ask questions. Who, whom, whose, which, and what are interrogative pronouns.