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Use Pronouns in Sentences

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.

EXAMPLE EXPLANATION
• My There was only one of Kate's socks in the drawer. Kate is a singular (proper) noun.
• There was only one of her socks in the drawer. • The pronoun her takes the place of the noun Kate. Her is a singular pronoun.

Plural Pronouns
A plural pronoun takes the place of a noun that names more than one person, place or thing.
Here is an example of a plural pronoun taking the place of a plural noun.

EXAMPLE EXPLANATION
• The papers were passed out to the students. Students is a plural noun.
• The papers were passed out to them. • The pronoun them takes the place of the noun students. Them is a plural pronoun.

A list of Singular and Plural 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 place.

Singular Pronouns & Their Perspective
I First person
Me First person
Myself First person
Yourself Second person
He / His / Him / Himself Third person
She / Her  / Hers / Herself Third person
It / Itself Third person

The table below contains pronouns that are always plural. These pronouns cannot be used as singular pronouns. When plural pronouns refer to people, they use either the first, second or third person perspective.

Plural Pronouns & Their Perspective
We First person
Us First person
Ourself First person
Yourselves Second person
They / Them Third person
Themselves Third person

Read the examples below to learn how singular pronouns are used in sentences:

1. I waited for them all afternoon.
I tells who is speaking, and we know there is only one person speaking.

2. She helped me move.
Me tells who is speaking, and we know there is only one person speaking.

3. I did it by myself.
Myself is used to restate the pronoun I, and we know there is only one person speaking.

4. Look, what you have done to yourself!  
Yourself indicates who is being spoken to and we know there is only one person being spoken to.

5. He has hurt himself.
He and himself indicates that only one person (male) is being referred to.

6. She wanted a new dress for herself.
She and herself indicates that only one person (female) is being referred to.

7. The cat choked itself.
Itself indicates one thing, the cat.

Read the examples below to learn how plural pronouns are used in sentences:

1. We played with the toy cars.
We tells who is speaking, and we know there is more than one person speaking.

2. Michael and Sarah were playing hockey with us.
Us tells who is speaking, and we know there is more than one person speaking.

3. Lily, Henry and I decided to walk home by ourselves.
Ourselves is used to restate the pronoun we, and we know there is more than one person speaking.

4. Hey! You could injure yourselves.  
Yourselves indicates who is being spoken to and we know there are more than one person being spoken to.

5. They arrived late to the party.
They is a plural pronoun and indicates that more than one person is being referred to.

6. Kelly and Joel decided to go to the movie by themselves.
Themselves replaces the nouns (Kelly and Joel) and indicates that more than one person being referred to in the sentence.

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.

 
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