A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun in a sentence. So, a pronoun also refers to a person, place, thing, or idea-just like a noun-but it is a word that has replaced the noun. We use pronouns so that our writing doesn't sound like the sentences below.
Sentences Without Pronouns
Lisa left Lisa's backpack on the bus. Mrs. Johnson told Lisa that Lisa could go and get Lisa's backpack. Mr. Harris, the bus driver, had already left the backpack in the office, so Lisa had to get the backpack from the office before Lisa could go back to Mrs. Johnson's classroom with the backpack.
Pronouns allow us to change these sentences, so that they are simpler and easier to understand:
Lisa left her backpack on the bus. Mrs. Johnson told her that she could go and get her backpack. Mr. Harris, the bus driver, had already left it in the office, so Lisa had to get the backpack from the office before she could go back to Mrs. Johnson's classroom with it.
There are a few different types of pronouns that we use to replace nouns. These are a few of the most common types.
Personal Pronouns: I, you, he, she, we, it, they, me, him, her, us, them
Possessive Pronouns: mine, yours, his, her, our, ours, its, theirs, their
Demonstrative Pronouns: this, these, them, those
Interrogative Pronouns: which, who, whom
Examples of Pronouns in Sentences
The pronouns are in bold.
1. The dog buried its bone under a tree.
2. Can you let Mark know that his lunch is ready?
3. I don't know how to do this math problem, so can you help me?
4. Is this pencil yours?
5. Who left the lights on in here?
6. I believe these belong to Jeff.
7. You cannot really think that Joseph meant for us to throw away his new book!
8. The slice of pizza is mine, but you can have the salad.
9. The boy who was coughing said that he was okay when the teacher asked him about it.
10. Can you help us find our missing cat?