personal pronoun


Definition of personal pronoun

: a pronoun (such as I, you, or they) that expresses a distinction of person

Examples of personal pronoun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the personal pronoun their word of the year based on a 313% increase in look-ups on the company's search site,, this year when compared with 2018. CBS News, "Merriam-Webster unveils its 2019 word of the year: "They"," 10 Dec. 2019 Use numbers and personal pronouns to engage your reader Email marketing is engagement marketing. Maria Semple, NBC News, "Easy Email Marketing Hacks to Attract More Customers," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of personal pronoun

1668, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of personal pronoun was in 1668

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24 Dec 2019

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“Personal pronoun.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of personal pronoun

grammar : a pronoun (such as I, you, they, or it) that is used to refer to a specific person or thing

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Kids Definition of personal pronoun

: a pronoun (as I, you, it, or they) used instead of a noun that names a definite person or thing

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to insert between existing elements

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