Object Personal Pronouns: What It Is and How To Use It

Do you know what objective personal pronouns are? This article will provide you with all of the information you need on personal pronouns, including the definition, usage, example sentences, and more!

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What is an object personal pronoun?

According to Grammar Monster, objective personal pronouns take the place of specific nouns naming people, places, ideas and things. Pronouns in the objective case include me, you, him, her, it, us, them, and whom in English grammar. These come in first person, second person, and third person singular and plural. 

Some of these pronouns are gender neutral, while others are designated for male and female. These can be used as an indirect object, direct object, or object of a preposition. This is one of many basic grammatical concepts that are important for successful students to know – you will see them everywhere, in simple sentences and more. You might have a strong impulse to confuse indirect object pronouns with direct object pronouns, but remember that the indirect object of a verb (grammatical object) uses indirect object pronouns. The subject of a verb will use subjective pronouns.

There are many types of pronouns that the objective case contrasts, such as subject pronouns, pronouns in the subjective case, double object pronouns, and more. Pronouns come in the 1st person plural/singular, 2nd person plural/singular, and 3rd person plural/singular.

Many different languages also contain words that mean personal pronouns. You may notice that some of these translations of personal pronouns look and sound similar to one another. These are called cognates, which are words and phrases in different languages that likely have the same root or language of origin, causing them to sound the same. The below list of translations of personal pronouns is provided by Word Sense

  •  Korean: 인칭대명사‎ (inching-daemyeongsa)
  •  Dutch: persoonlijk voornaamwoord‎ (neut.)
  •  Danish: personligt pronomen‎ (neut.)
  •  Thai: บุรุษสรรพนาม‎
  •  Slovene: osebni zaimek‎ (masc.)
  •  Finnish: persoonapronomini‎
  •  Interlingua: pronomine personal‎
  •  Belarusian: асабовы займеннік‎
  •  Novial: personal pronomine‎
  •  Spanish: pronombre personal‎ (masc.)
  •  Swedish: personligt pronomen‎ (neut.)
  •  Lithuanian: asmeninis įvardis‎ (masc.)
  •  Nogai: оьзлик авыс‎
  •  German: Personalpronomen‎ (neut.)
  •  Russian: ли́чное местоиме́ние‎ (neut.)
  •  Albanian: përemër vetor‎ (masc.)
  •  Japanese: 人称代名詞‎ (にんしょうだいめいし, ninshō-daimeishi)
  •  Mandarin: 人稱代詞‎, 人称代词‎ (rénchēng dàicí)
  •  Romanian: pronume personal‎ (neut.)
  •  Italian: pronome personale‎ (masc.)
  •  Ukrainian: особистий займенник‎
  •  Esperanto: persona pronomo‎
  •  Portuguese: pronome pessoal‎ (masc.)
  •  Czech: osobní zájmeno‎ (neut.)
  •  Polish: zaimek osobowy‎ (m-in)
  •  Icelandic: persónufornafn‎ (neut.)
  •  Indonesian: kata ganti orang‎
  •  Turkish: kişi zamiri‎
  •  Norwegian: personligt pronomen‎ (neut.)
  •  Hungarian: személyes névmás‎
  •  Tagalog: panghalip panao‎
  •  French: pronom personnel‎ (masc.)
  •  Estonian: isikuline asesõna‎
  •  Macedonian: лична заменка‎
  •  Armenian: անձնական դերանուն‎

What are examples of object personal pronouns?

Take a look at the below examples of object personal pronouns from Thought Co, Grammar Monster and Ginger and see if you can recognize the objective personal pronoun in the first example or second example.

  •  Will you please tell them to come in?
  •  The bread is stale. You can feed it to the birds
  •  I heard that Jeremy was cut from the team just because Tyler doesn’t like him.
  •  They caught her last week.
  •  The movie was hilarious! We really liked it.
  •  They know him.
  •  The spider bit me on my ankle.
  •  To obtain a man’s opinion of you, make him mad. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894)
  •  Be careful; he lied to us before and he may do it again.
  •  I sent him a letter.
  • “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” (Oscar Wilde)
  •  Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
  •  It is a donation from them.
  •  The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. (Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784)
  •  The plate shattered when John dropped it on the floor.
  •  Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. (Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865)
  • “Among naturalists, when a bird is seen well beyond its normal range, it is called an accidental.” (E.L. Doctorow, The Waterworks. Macmillan, 1994)
  •  Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. (Arthur Miller, 1915-2005)
  •  Our grandparents gave us candy and our teeth are just fine.
  • “I got the two carbons from a drawer and took them to her. As she did each one I took it and gave the signature a look.” (Rex Stout, A Right to Die. Viking Press, 1964)
  •  To obtain a man’s opinion of you, make him mad. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894)
  • “They told me you had been to her, And mentioned me to him: She gave me a good character, But said I could not swim. He sent them word I had not gone (We know it to be true): If she should push the matter on, What would become of you?” (from a letter read by the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865)
  •  Mary wants to talk to you about your homework.
  •  He knows them.
  • “Daddy Bailey invited me to spend the summer with him in southern California, and I was jumpy with excitement.” (Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Random House, 1969)
  •  Where are Jill and Cherie? Didn’t you invite them?
  • “From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it.” (Groucho Marx)
  •  I’m a godmother. That’s a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me God for short. That’s cute. I taught her that. (Ellen DeGeneres)
  •  He told you a lie about where he was Saturday.
  •  Bob took her to work Monday.
  •  All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed. (Sean O’Casey, 1880-1964)
  • “She had driven her father into town, stopping along the way as he pointed out sights, showed her where he used to play as a child, told her stories he hadn’t thought about for years. They went to the museum, where he showed Bee her ancestors . . ..” (Jane Green, The Beach House. Viking Penguin, 2008)

Overall, objective personal pronouns refer to any pronoun that can replace an object in a sentence.


  1. personal pronoun: meaning, translation | Word Sense 
  2. Objective Personal Pronouns | What Are Objective Personal Pronouns? | Grammar Monster 
  3. Personal Pronoun Definition and Examples in English | Thought Co 
  4. Object Pronouns – Definition, Examples & Exercises | Ginger