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Pronouns

Pronouns are words that stand in for nouns. In order to use a pronoun correctly, you need to have a clear antecedent, i.e. a word which the pronoun stands in for.

  • Although Paul liked to play basketball, he was also good at football.

In this sentence, the pronoun is the word "he". The antecedent is "Paul" – the word to which "he" refers.

There are a few different kinds of personal pronouns.

Personal Pronouns

Personal pronouns are words like she, her, I, me, you, we, and us.

Relative Pronouns

A relative pronoun connects a clause or phrase to a noun or pronoun. Relative pronouns are placed right after the noun or pronoun they modify.

For instance:

  • I have a friend whose house is a mess.
  • That is the television that everyone is talking about.

Reflexive Pronouns

Each personal pronoun has its own reflexive form:

  • I — myself
  • you — yourself/yourselves
  • he — himself
  • she — herself
  • one — oneself
  • it — itself
  • we — ourselves
  • they — themselves

Possessive Pronouns

Possessive pronouns are pronouns that help us show possession or ownership in a sentence. There are two types of possessive pronouns:

  • Absolute possessive pronouns: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, yours, and theirs. Absolute possessive pronouns refer back to an already used noun or noun phrase: I said that food was mine.

  • Weak possessive pronouns: my, your, his, her, its, our, your, and their. Weak possessive pronouns function as determiners in front of a noun to describe who something belongs to: I said that's my food.

Interrogative Pronouns

The five interrogative pronouns are what, which, who, whom, and whose. An interrogative pronoun is a pronoun that makes asking questions easy.

  • Whose books are these?

Common Questions about Pronouns

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