What are pronouns?


Pronouns are words that ‘stand in’ for nouns and refer to persons, things or ideas. The most important ones are the personal pronouns (ich, du, er/sie/es etc.):

Georg ist noch klein, aber er kann schon lesen.
Georg is only small but he can already read.

Mir gefällt das Auto, aber es ist zu teuer.
I like the car, but it is too expensive.

Personal and other pronouns

Apart from personal pronouns there are several other words that can function as pronouns. In this unit we will deal with:
• demonstratives such as dieser ‘this’ etc.;
• possessives such as meine ‘my’ etc.; and
• indefinites such as man ‘one’/‘you’.