Identify Singular Pronouns
Pronouns are the words that take the place of nouns. A singular pronoun takes the place of a noun that names only one person, place, or thing.
Here is an example of a singular pronoun taking the place of a singular noun.
|• Joanne is a good write||• Joanne is a singular (proper) noun.|
|• She is a good writer.||• The pronoun she takes the place of the noun Joanne. She is a singular pronoun.|
A list of Singular Pronouns
The table below contains pronouns that are always singular. These pronouns cannot be used as plural pronouns. When singular pronouns refer to a person, they use either the first, second or third person perspective or point of view or place. Perspective is the view point at which a singular pronoun comes.
|Singular Pronouns & Their Perspective|
|He / His / Him / Himself||Third person|
|She / Her / Hers / Herself||Third person|
|It / Itself||Third person|
Read the examples below to learn how singular pronouns are used in sentences:
1. I took the dog for a walk.
I tells who is speaking, and we know there is only one person speaking.
2. Mike will meet me in the park at 5 o'clock.
Me tells who is speaking, and we know there is only one person speaking.
3. I did all the chores by myself.
Myself is used to restate the pronoun I, and we know there is only one person speaking.
4. Gaby, please read silently to yourself.
Yourself indicates who is being spoken to and we know there is only one person being spoken to.
5. He is an intelligent student.
He is a singular pronoun and it refers to one male person.
6. Justin pack himself a lunch each day before school.
Himself indicates that only one person (male) did the action.
7. She brought the book to class.
She is a singular pronoun and it refers to one female person.
8. Trudy completed the project by herself.
Herself indicates that only one person (female) did the action.
9. It is a story about wisdom.
It indicates only one object.
10. The city itself is not very big.
Itself indicates one object, the city.
Pronouns that are both singular and plural
Some pronouns can be used as either singular or plural, depending on the context of the sentence. The pronouns you, that, which and who can apply to either one or more than one person, place, thing or idea.