Pronouns

Pronoun is an important part of speech. It replaces a noun to reduce redundancy and link phrases together to provide more information. The different types of pronouns are as follows:

Personal Pronouns refer to a specific person. The first person is the one speaking and therefore uses the pronoun “I.” The second person is the one spoken to, which means “you.” And the third person is the one spoken about so it uses “he,” “she,” “it.”

Possessive Pronouns show ownership in relation to the pronoun. These are “my,” “your,” “his,” “hers,” “its,” “ours,” “your” and “their.”

Relative Pronouns link different phrases within a sentence to give more information about the people or things involved. For people we use “who,” “whom” and “whose.” For things we use “that” and “which.”

Interrogative Pronouns introduce questions. The main forms are “who/ whom” for people, “whose” for possessive pronouns, “what” to introduce general questions and “which” for identification and comparison.

Demonstrative Pronouns point out specific people, places, things and ideas. The main forms are “this/ that” for singular and “these/ those” for plural.

Indefinite Pronouns refer to non-specific people or things. These are based on the number or amount of people or things. Any, everyone, both, several, each, some, most, are a few to name.

Reciprocal Pronouns denote reciprocal or mutual actions. There are only two reciprocal pronouns, “each other” and “one another.”

Reflexive Pronouns are used when the action done by the subject turns back upon the subject. These pronouns end in “-self” (singular) or “-selves” (plural).

Emphatic Pronouns put an emphasis on a noun or pronoun.

Distributive Pronouns refer to persons or things one at a time. Each, either and neither are distributive pronouns.

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