Subject Personal Pronouns

The Subject Personal Pronoun (also called subjective personal pronoun) is the term used to identify a pronoun used in the subjective (nominative) case.

The subjective caseOpens in new window refers to a pronounOpens in new window serving as a subjectOpens in new window or a subject complementOpens in new window in a sentence.

The personal pronouns in the subjective case include I, you, he, she, we, they, it, and they.

These little words usually function as the subjectOpens in new window of the verbOpens in new window in a sentence. The subjective case differs from objective caseOpens in new window which is used to show the objectOpens in new window of the verb in a sentence.

For practical purpose, consider using any one of the personal pronouns to fill the long dash:

—— ate lunch at Sander's.
I, you, he, she, we, they, it, and they all fits into the blank space.

A subject personal pronoun substitutes a noun that is subject of its clause. In the 3rd person, a subject pronoun is used in order to prevent repetition of the subject’s name.

For Example:
  • We are almost there.
  • They don't want any more supply.
  • Andy made good grades, he really deserves it.
  • The electronic is malfunctioning. It needs servicing.

A subject personal pronoun indicates:

  • Number: either singular or plural;
  • Gender: either male or female;
  • Person: first, second or third person.

For some who like vivid representations like tables and charts, following is a tabular illustration of pronouns in the nominative case:

NumberSubject Personal Pronoun
1st person singularI
2nd person singularyou
3rd person singular, malehe
3rd person singular, femaleshe
3rd person singular, neuterit
1st person pluralwe
2nd person pluralyou
3rd person pluralthey
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