There are pronouns in the first, second and third person, all for one gender only. But they are not categorized in to Masculine and Feminine as in other languages.More strictly speaking, the third person of the pronoun is actually the same as the demonstrative pronoun (this / that). The conjugated verb may denote the difference with respect to gender. There may also be multiple ways of inflecting the pronoun, which are given in parentheses. Below is the second person('you') explained in three levels of honorifics
- آپ / āap:
This is the most common used form. It represents respect in a way. Normally speaking most people converse with each other using this word. Even people who may be termed as intimate may feel OK, if they are addressed with it. Plural could be stressed by saying آپ لوگ / āap log ("you people") or آپ سب / āap sub ("you all").
- تم / tum: Informal form of "you." Has no difference between the singular and the plural. Normally they are spoken to young people or in house hold. Plural could be stressed by saying تم لوگ / tum log ("you people") or تم سب / tum sub ("you all").
- تو / tū: Extremely informal form of "you," as "thou." Strictly singular, its plural form being تم / tum. It may be used to represent personal relationship with an object or person and nowadays used in Films in conversation among bad guys. Highly controversial, the usage should be deeply thought.
|First Person||Second Person||Third Person|
|Singular (I)||Plural (We)||Formal (You)||Informal (You)||Very Informal (Thou)||Singular (This)||Plural (These)||Singular (That)||Plural (Those)|
|Direct||میں / maiⁿ||ہم / hum||آپ / āap||تم / tum||تو / tū||yeh/ye
یہ / yeh
یہ / yeh
وہ / woh
وہ / woh
|Accusative||مجھے / mujhey||ہمیں / hamainⁿ||آپ کو / āapko||تمہیں / tumhaim||تجھے / tujhey||اِس سے / isey||اِنہیں / inhain||اُس سے / usey||उन्हें / اُنہیں / unhain|
|Oblique||/ -مجھ / mujh-||-ہم / hum-||-آپ / āap-||तुम- / -تم / tum-||तुझ- / -تجھ / tujh-||इस- / -اِس / is-||इन- / -اِن / in-||उस- / -اُس / us-||उन- / -اُن / un-|
|Genitive||मेरा / میرا / merā||हमारा / ہمارا / hamārā||आपका / آپ کا / āapkā||तुम्हारा / تمہارا / tumhārā||तेरा / تیرا / terā||इसका / اِس کا / iskā||इनका / اِن کا / inkā||उसका / اُس کا / uskā||उनका / اُن کا / unkā|
In the columns for the Third Person, the first word indicates the usual form used in literary written Hindī or Urdū, while the second form (after the slash) indicates the form used in normal spoken Hindī or Urdū (Hindustānī). The hyphen indicates that while writing, the postposition (if any) may be included within the word as a case marker. It suffices to say that the genitive case behaves like an adjective and has to be declined as such to match with the possessed noun. The Accusative is formed by adding the object marking को کو postposition to the oblique form, for मुझको / مجھ کو / mujʰko, हमको / ہم کو / hamko, etc. Displayed in the Accusative row are the more common/colloquial but equally valid shortened को / کو / ko forms of मुझे / مُجھے / mujhey, हमें / ہمیں / hamain, etc.
For those persons for whom one would normally use आप / آپ / āp if referred to as the second person, it is popular by convention to use the plural form (both pronoun and the verb) of the third person demonstrative. In North India and Pakistan, the हम / ہم / ham form is popularly used for the first person singular too. The 3rd person pronouns can be used independently or as adjectives qualifying a noun. In the latter case, if the noun is not followed by a postposition, the pronoun-turned-adjective will be in the Direct case, else in the Oblique case.
When preceding the postposition ने / نے / ney, the 1st person singular and 2nd person very informal form must be in the direct case, while the rest of the pronouns and nouns need to be in the Oblique case. The forms इन / اِن / in and उन / اُن / un further change to इन्होंने / اِنہوں نے / inhoⁿne and उन्होंने / اُنہوں نے / unhoⁿne (some people do use the non-standard alternatives इन्ने / اِنّے / inne and उन्ने / اُنّے / unne). Some postpositions use the genitive case; the rest use the oblique case.