A pronoun is a word that is used instead of a noun.

Underline the pronouns in these sentences.

  • John is a boy He is in the class
  • Nike is a girl She is at home
  • They are brother and sisters
  • We know them very well


Words that stand for males are masculine gender so the noun: man, boy, son, king, prince etc. and pronouns he and him are masculine gender word that stand for females are famine gender. The noun woman, girl, daughter, queen, princess etc. and the pronoun she and her are female gender.

Words that stand for things are neater gender.

(Neater means neither masculine nor feminine)

So the nouns book, house, river, tree, city etc. and the pronoun it are neater gender. It is sometimes used for animals also.

Note: that the pronoun: I, me, you, we, us, can be either masculine or feminine. The pronouns they and them may be masculine, feminine or neater.


Type of pronoun

  • Personal Pronoun: these are pronoun that stand for person. We here first person, second person and third person. The first person is the person speaking e.g.

I am the teacher; listen to me

The second person is the person spoken to e.g.

You are a pupil

The third person is the person spoken about.

Wale is looking through the window. The teacher is pointing at him. They are pupils; he teaches them

  • Possessive pronoun: these are pronoun that sounds ownership or possession e.g. mine, yours, his, hers, ours, theirs,
  • Interrogative pronoun: these are pronouns that are used to ask question e.g. who, what, which.
  • Demonstrative pronoun: these are pronoun that “point out something e.g. this, that, these, those.
  • Reflective pronoun: this type of pronoun is used to refer back to the speaker when he or she speaks e.g. myself, himself, herself, themselves, itself, ourselves.




Attempt the past question exercises in your test book-progressive English by O. Addai

(Page 54) question 1-5

Conclusion: student now understand the features  of a pronoun and how they are used in sentences



Explain the following type of pronoun :

  • Possessive pronouns
  • Demonstrative pronoun
  • Personal pronoun


Moral Objectives:

At the end of this topic, student should be able to understand the expression :let us make man in our own image”, the use of us means that the creation of man involved the combined effort of God the father, God, the son, (Jesus) and God the Holy Ghost.


See also


Essay-Meaning and Definition

Parts of speech



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