What Are Subjective Personal Pronouns (with Examples)
The subjective personal pronouns areI, you, she, he, it, we, you, and they. A subjective personal pronoun indicates that the pronoun is acting as the subject of the verb.
Subjective personal pronouns are personal pronouns in the subjective case. (As covered below, they are also used as subject complements.)
Examples of Subjective Personal PronounsHere are some examples of subjective personal pronouns in sentences:
The Proper Terms for Subjective Personal PronounsThe table below shows the terms we use to describe personal pronouns.
This next section will help to explain why we use those terms in the left-hand column for pronouns.
Whether we know it or not, we all select a personal pronoun having first determined its:
In the first person? (This is the speaker himself or a group that includes the speaker, i.e., I, me, we, and us.)
In the second person? (This is the speaker's audience, i.e., you.)
In the third person? (This is everybody else, i.e., he, she,it, they.)
Subjective Personal Pronouns As Subject ComplementsOn occasion, a subjective personal pronoun will follow a linking verb to identify the subject. For example (subjective personal pronouns shaded):
Objective Personal PronounsSubjective personal pronouns contrast with objective personal pronouns, which are not used as subjects of verbs but as objects.
Read more about objective personal pronouns.
What are personal pronouns?
What is the subjective case?
What are objective personal pronouns?
What is a subject complement?
What are linking verbs?
Glossary of grammatical terms
"BETWEEN YOU AND I" IS ALWAYS WRONG
The expression between you and I is always wrong. It should be between you and me.
It is wrong because I is a subjective personal pronoun, which means it must be the subject of a verb. In this expression, I is the object of the preposition between.
Click on the subjunctive personal pronoun: