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Personal Pronouns

Personal pronouns are the words I, you, he, she, it, we, they and who.  When a personal pronoun is the subject of a verb (e.g., I went to the park), it is said to be in the subjective form.  (All the ones above are in the subjective form.)  However, when a personal pronoun is not the subject of a verb (e.g., Pass it to me.), it is in the objective form (i.e., me, you, him, her, it, us, them and whom).  

Interactive example:
 
It has bitten me and her. It's time for us to go. Who's coming? [show me the personal pronouns]
 
The personal pronouns who and whom cause the most problems for native English speakers. Only use who when it is the subject of the verb, else use whom.  Remember, who is like he, and whom is like him.  For example:

He gave it to him.
Who gave it to whom?
Associated pages:
 
What are pronouns?
The different types of pronouns
Who and whom
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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