Chapter 3. Pronoun
Pronouns are the substitute word replacing nouns. They are of the following kinds.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrative pronouns: They indicate the persons or things referred to. Examples
are this, that, such, these, those, so, the same, one, ones, etc.
- Interrogative pronouns: They indicate interrogation. They are used in asking
questions. Examples are who, which, what, whom, etc.
- Relative pronouns: They may be defined as the pronouns which relate to the
noun going before. They are who, which, what, whom, etc.
- 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.
- Descriptive pronouns: They separate one person or thing from a group of persons or
things. They are each, everyone, either, neither, etc.
- 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.
- 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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