Definition: A pronoun is a word that takes the place of, or substitutes, a noun.
Examples: He, she, his, hers, yourself, I, me, who, whose, someone, everybody, mine, my, they, themselves, etc.
Pronouns are used so that our language is not overflowing with the same nouns being repeated over and over again.
Example sentence WITHOUT pronouns: Jack walked up the hill and saw Jill. Jack waved at Jill and Jill smiled back. Jack asked Jill if Jill could walk with Jack and Jill said yes.
Same sentence WITH pronouns: Jack walked up the hill and saw Jill. He waved at her and she smiled back. Jack asked her if she could walk with him and she said yes.
See how much better the sentence with pronouns sounds? Now name the pronouns in the sentence.
There are many kinds of pronouns. They can be subjective (like "I"), objective (like "me"), and possessive (like "my" or "mine"). You can use them in any point of view (1st, 2nd, or 3rd person), and they can be singular or plural. Personal nouns are the most common, providing information such as (1) the person speaking, (2) the person being spoken to, and (3) the person, place, or thing being spoken about. Be careful! Pronouns should only be used after a noun has been introduced first.
If a noun is replaced with a(n) he, she, it, etc., instead of saying the original noun again and again, it is a pronoun.
If we didn't have pronouns in books, the book would get very boring, very fast. We would also have to keep referring to the original noun (ex: Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff) if we didn't have pronouns. Pronouns are most of the words in a book that we read, so they have to be included in the grammar book!