Definition A pronoun can replace a noun or another pronoun. You use pronouns like "he," "which," "none," and "you" to make your sentences less cumbersome and less repetitive.
Types of Pronouns Personal pronoun Relative pronoun Indefinite pronoun Demonstrative pronoun Interrogative pronoun Reflexive pronoun
Personal Personal pronouns represent specific people or things
Use of Personal Pronouns
Number: singular (eg: I) or plural (eg: we)
Person: 1st person (eg: I), 2nd person (eg: you) or 3rd person (eg: he)
Gender: male (eg: he), female (eg: she) or neuter (eg: it)
Case: subject (eg: we) or object (eg: us)
Relative It relates the relative (and hence subordinate) clause to the word that it modifies These are: Who, whom, whose, whoever, whosoever, whomever, which, what, whatever, and that.
Examples of Relative Nouns
This is a house. Jack built this house.
This is the house that Jack built.
This is a bank.
This bank accepted my identification.
She is a bank teller. She helped us open an account.
Indefinite Does not refer to any specific person, thing or amount. It is vague and "not definite". All, another, any, anybody/anyone, anything, each, everybody/everyone, everything, few, many, nobody, none, one, several, some, somebody/someone
Example of Indefinite Pronouns
Each of the players has a doctor.
I met two girls. One has given me her phone number.
Demonstrative Pronouns A demonstrative pronoun identifies and specifies a noun or pronoun. This, that, these, those.
Example of Demonstrative Pronouns
This tastes delicious. (This is the subject of the sentence.)
I don't like this. (This is the direct object of the sentence.)
Thatwill run for an hour. (That is the subject of the sentence.)
Interrogative Used in order to ask a question. What, which, who, whom, and whose
Example of Interrogative Pronouns
What did you say?
Reflexive When we want to refer back to the subject of the sentence or clause. Reflexive pronouns end in "-self" (singular) or "-selves" (plural).
Example of Reflexive Pronouns “Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.“ (Mark Twain)