What is a Pronoun? - Lesson for Kids

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Imperative Sentences: Lesson for Kids

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:03 What Is a Pronoun?
  • 0:55 Subject Pronouns
  • 2:02 Object Pronouns
  • 3:03 Examples of Pronouns
  • 3:29 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Speed Speed Audio mode

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Jeremy Cook

I have been teaching elementary school for 16 years. I have extensive experience in lesson and curriculum development and educational technology.

Expert Contributor
Sasha Blakeley

Sasha Blakeley has a Bachelor's in English Literature from McGill University. She has been teaching English in Canada and Taiwan for six years.

Say you're writing a story with a main character named J. Tomas Feeblemeyer. How would you feel if you had to write J. Tomas Feeblemeyer over and over throughout your story? How would your reader feel having to read that long name each time? Learn how pronouns can help.

What Is a Pronoun?

A pronoun is not a professional noun. It is a short word that is used in place of a noun. Many times pronouns are used to prevent the writer from having to repeat the name of the noun over and over again. It is important that the noun you are replacing with a pronoun is already known to avoid confusion.

You use pronouns every day and in almost every sentence you speak. Every time you say 'I' or 'you' or 'me,' you're using a pronoun. Pronouns are so common that you probably don't even realize how many you use in a day. The role of the noun in the sentence determines what kind of a pronoun you use.

Subject Pronouns

Subject pronouns take the place of nouns that are the subject of the sentence. The subject is the person, place or thing that the sentence is about.

Let's look at the sentence:

  • The barn is painted red.

The subject of this sentence is 'the barn' because the sentence is about the barn.

Now let's say we want a second sentence with the barn as the subject. Instead of repeating the words 'the barn' again, we can use the subject pronoun, 'it,' to replace 'the barn.' So now we would have the following sentences:

  • The barn is painted red. It is down the street from me.

If you are replacing a person with a subject pronoun, you would use 'he' or 'she.' If you are speaking about yourself, you would use 'I.' If you are using the second person, you would use 'you.' If you are replacing a group of people, the correct pronoun would be either 'we' or 'they.'

Object Pronouns

Object pronouns take the place of the object of the sentence. The object is the noun that is acted on by the subject of the sentence.

In the sentence:

  • The boy kicks the ball.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Additional Activities

Pronoun Practice

In this lesson, you learned a new part of speech: pronouns! As you have learned, there are several types of pronouns, and they are all important in our everyday speech. Here are a few activities you can try out in order to practice what you've learned.

Pronoun Scramble

This lesson taught you about subject pronouns and object pronouns. Some of these, like it and you, are easy because they are the same regardless of whether they are being used as subject or object pronouns. Write down all of the pronouns in the table at the end of this lesson on different pieces of paper and put them in a hat. Pull out each paper one at a time, and try to remember if it's a subject pronoun, an object pronoun, or both. Then, try and use the pronoun in a sentence. Have a parent, teacher, or friend quiz you on your progress.

Pronouns in Your Writing

Write a paragraph or short story about any topic you like: what you want to be when you grow up, a trip to the moon, your favourite animal, or anything else. Pay attention to the pronouns that you use, and try to use a mix of subject and object pronouns. Go back through your story, circling the subject pronouns and underlining the object pronouns. Now you have a cheat sheet that you can go back to if you need to see the pronouns in action!

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account