What are personal pronouns? Why do we use them?

When talking to somebody, people always refer to that person using pronouns related to their biological gender based on their name or appearance. In common speech, when referring to a man or boy we tend to use “he”, and when referring to a woman or girl we tend to use “she”. 

Although this assumption may be normal and natural, it could also be inaccurate and inconvenient for the concerned audience.

A personal pronoun is a short word we use as a simple substitute for the proper name of a person.

Using the right pronoun is a way to show respect and recognition to that person. It will help make everyone comfortable and enhance the sense of belonging by creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Otherwise guessing or ignoring intentionally the pronouns chosen by a person to be referred to could be offensive, disrespectful, and create an oppressive atmosphere of others’ freedom to choose their own sexual orientation.

Choosing your own pronoun is a right that should be respected by everyone around you.

 How to use personal pronouns?

Stating a pronoun affirms what this person wants to be referred to when a third person is talking to them.

Here are the different pronouns you can use along with their meaning:

PronounSounds likeVariations
He/HimYou already know this one!His, Himself
She/HerYou already know this one!Hers, Herself
They/ThemYes, it’s okay to use this when referring to a singular person!Theirs, themself
Ze (or Zie)Zee (like “see” with a “Z”).Can also be spelled as xe
NameWhatever their name is!Some people don’t want to use pronouns at all and will ask you to refer to them by their name alone.



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