In linguistics and grammar, a pronoun is a word that substitutes for a noun or noun phrase. It is a particular case of a pro-form. In the context of transgender issues, pronouns is a shorthand term that specifically refers to third person personal pronouns. The most commonly used third person personal pronouns among nonbinary people are singular they, he/him and she/her.
In a 2016 survey of over 3,000 nonbinary people, the top five pronouns participants were happy for people to use for them were:
- Singular they/them: 77.5%
- She/her: 25.0%
- He/him: 23.4%
- Mix it up: 12.2%
- None/avoid pronouns: 11.0%
The most popular neopronoun was xe/xem/xyr/xyrs/xemself at 9.7%.