English Grammar: Pronouns

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Definition:

A pronoun is a word that substitutes a noun or noun phrase. Using a pronoun is a way of avoiding repetition of a noun; it is an economical way to make texts clearer and avoid the heaviness and dullness that results from repeating nouns and noun phrases, which can be seen in certain documents like legal texts where the repetition is sometimes required. Pronouns used to be considered as a single part of speech, and are still seen this way by some, but others consider that the different roles they play and the different types of them makes their nature more complex.

There are a number of different kinds of pronouns in English.

TYPES OF PRONOUN:

  1. Demonstrative Pronoun - this, that, these, those
  2. Personal Pronoun - I, you, he, she, etc..
  3. Possessive Pronoun - mine, yours, his, etc..
  4. Reflexive Pronoun - myself, yourself, etc..
  5. Interrogative Pronoun - who, what, where, etc..
  6. Negative Pronoun - nothing, no, nobody, etc..
  7. Reciprocal pronoun - each other, etc..
  8. Relative Clause - who, whose, which, that, etc..
  9. Quantifier - some, any, something, much, many, little, etc.
  10. Indefinite Pronoun - anyone, somebody, one, all, etc

See Also:

Parts of Speech; Anaphora; Cataphora; Deixis; Endorphora

Category:

Pronouns

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