A noun is a person, place, or a thing. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. A subject pronoun takes the place of the subject in a sentence. I, you, we, he, she, it and they are all subject pronouns.
Subject pronouns usually appear at the beginning of a sentence and tell what or whom the sentence is mostly about.
Read the following example sentences. Here, each subject pronoun is underlined.
The thief stole the expensive diamonds. He
stole the expensive diamonds.
'He' takes the place of "the thief".
- The elegant lady walked into the hotel.
She walked into the hotel. ('She' takes the place of "the elegant lady").
- The lid (of the box) was left on the floor.
It was left on the floor. ('It' takes the place of "the lid").
- The green palm trees were growing in the desert.
They were growing in the desert. ('They' takes the place of "the green palm trees").
- Emily and I drove to the ice cream shop for dessert.
We drove to the ice cream shop for dessert. ('We' takes the place of "Emily and I").
First and Second Person Subject Pronouns
First and second person subject pronouns ('I' and 'You') are not often used as replacement words since they specifically describe or address a point of view.
For example: -
- I carried an umbrella in the rain.
'I' cannot be replaced since it is a first person subject pronoun and refers specifically to the person speaking.
- You should consider a career in acting.
'You' cannot be replaced since it is a second person subject pronoun and refers specifically to the person being spoken to.