By Geraldine Woods

Part of Basic English Grammar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Pronouns are handy words that take the place of the names of people, places, and things. Be sure to give every pronoun a proper job. Here is what you need to know about pronouns:

  • Singular subject pronouns (when one person or thing does the action or exists in the state of being): I, you, he, she, it, who, whoever.

  • Plural subject pronouns (when more than one person or thing does the action or exists in the state of being): we, you, they, who, whoever.

  • Singular object pronouns (one person or thing receiving the action): me, you, him, her, it, whom, whomever.

  • Plural object pronouns (more than one person or thing receiving the action): us, you, them, whom, whomever.

  • Singular possessive pronouns (showing ownership by one person or thing): my, mine, your, yours, his, her, hers, its, whose.

  • Plural possessive pronouns (showing ownership by more than one person or thing): our, ours, your, yours, their, theirs, whose.