Student or Learner
My son had an English test that he did not do so well. When looking over the questions to help him, I found myself having problems too.
The test contains sentences with underlined words that you are to say whether it is a noun, pronoun, or adjective. The sentences are below.
1.) Many have heard about how the pony express carried the mail in 1860 and 1861.
2.) I can't believe you said that!
3.) The alphabet uses raised dots that the visually impaired can feel.
4.) These are the short stories that my friends and I wrote.
5.) One of us is sure to win the prize, which is a scholarship to a summer writing workshop.
There are other sentences with similar words that he got correct. I would just like someone to explain to me how to tell the difference when these words are used as adjectives versus pronouns.
I must disagree with Mike's description of the latter as 'conjunctions': pronouns and conjunctions are mutually exclusive form-classes. Some grammarians, however, would admit the inclusion of both under the general heading of 'connectors'.
Nonetheless, we grammarians prefer to draw a distinction between the two terms, however trifling and insignificant it may seem to you.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
It is neither trifling nor insignificant,
Gratified to know that you think so...
but it really doesn't help explain the language to learners.
It helps them to understand that pronouns are not conjunctions...