English Grammar Tutorials

  • Preface & Content
  • Letter, Word, Sentence
  • Parts of speech
  • Pronoun
  • Adjective
  • Adverb
  • Articles
  • Number and Gender
  • Person and Case
  • Mood and Modal verbs
  • Tense
  • Clause
  • Voice
  • Narration
  • Punctuation
  • Preposition
  • Conjunction
  • Participles and Gerunds
  • Transformation of sentences
  • Phrasal verb
  • Exercise
  • Correction
  • Simple Conjugate
  • Chapter 3. Pronoun


    3.1 Classification

    Pronouns are the substitute word replacing nouns. They are of the following kinds.
    1. Personal pronouns: They stand for persons speaking, the person speaking to and the person speaking about. They are I, me, my, we, us, our, you, thou, thee, your, thy, thine, yours, he, she, it, they, him, them, his, her, their, hers.
    2. Reflexive pronouns: They are formed by adding self to personal pronouns of singular number and selves to personal pronouns of the plural number. Reflexive pronoun is both the doer and the object of the action of the verb. Example: He killed himself.
    3. Demonstrative pronouns: They indicate the persons or things referred to. Examples are this, that, such, these, those, so, the same, one, ones, etc.
    4. Interrogative pronouns: They indicate interrogation. They are used in asking questions. Examples are who, which, what, whom, etc.
    5. Relative pronouns: They may be defined as the pronouns which relate to the noun going before. They are who, which, what, whom, etc.
    6. Indefinite pronouns: They have no actual relationship with a noun in their own or a neighboring sentence, which stand generally for a noun. Examples are one, none, some, all, any, many, both, no one, nobody, anybody, anyone, someone, somebody, naught, other, another, served, many, few, all. They do not point out any particular persons or things.
    7. Descriptive pronouns: They separate one person or thing from a group of persons or things. They are each, everyone, either, neither, etc.
    8. Emphatic pronouns: They are used with nouns or pronouns for the sake of emphasis. Example: I myself will do it. I saw the man myself.

    9. Reciprocal pronoun: Each other and one another are reciprocal pronoun. Each other refers to two and one another refers to more than one. The boys (two) fought each other. The boys (more than two) fought one another.

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