Section 5.1

Personal Pronouns

Personal pronouns include the following:


The forms of these words mutate based on how they are used in a sentence. Below are the correct forms for pronouns when they appear in the following contexts: (1) as the subject of a sentence, (2) as an object (e.g., a direct object or object of a preposition), and (3) as what are known as reflexives.

1 Subject Form 2 Object Form 3 Reflexive
I me myself
you (singular and plural) you (singular and plural) yourself (singular)
yourselves (plural)
he him himself
she her herself
we us ourselves
they them themselves

Use the reflexive form when the subject and object are the same person or people. For instance:

He berated himself.

They laughed at themselves.

The table below identifies some common errors in the use of personal pronouns and in each case explains how to determine the correct version.

Incorrect Correct Explanation
This is her. This is she. When a pronoun follows a form of the verb to be, use the subject form.
Between you and I, she is wrong. Between you and me, she is wrong. The phrase is never between you and I; it should always be between you and me. Between is a preposition, so the object form of the pronoun — me — is required.
He spoke to John and myself. He spoke to John and me. Take out the words John and for a moment. You would not write, He spoke to myself. Adding John doesn’t have any impact on pronoun form.
She called John and I. She called John and me. Again, take out the words John and. You would not write, She called I. The pronoun should be me — the object form.