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What is PRONOUN: Why do we have to know pronouns?

cavemenWhat is pronoun? Why is pronoun important? What are the types of pronouns?

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A pronoun is a substitute of a noun. In other words, a pronoun takes the place of a   noun.

Take a look at the picture above. The three cavemen are having a conversation:

     Mike: Hhhmmnn. Mike cannot see Tarzan and Jane! Rick and Tim also don’t see Tarzan and Jane. Where are Tarzan and Jane?

     Rick: Rick saw Tarzan and Jane this morning , but now Rick don’t see Tarzan and Jane? Do Tim know where are Tarzan and Jane?

     Tim: Tim also don’t know. Mike, Rick and Tim just go home!

Notice how many times the names Tarzan and Jane as well as Mike Tim and Rick were mentioned. Without pronouns, everybody in the world will sound like cavemen, and everything else we say will  be full of repetitions. So that’s how important a pronoun is.

Types of Pronouns

Here are the common types of pronouns as well as some of their examples.

Personal Pronoun  – It is a pronoun which is used to point out people or things.

Subject Case:  I         We       You        They        He        She       It

Object Case:  me        us          you        them       him       her        it

Possessive Case: mine     ours     yours    theirs        his      hers

Interrogative Pronoun – It is a pronoun used to ask questions.

Who           Whom          Whose          Which        What

Indefinite Pronoun It is a pronoun which is used to point out someone or something without telling exactly what it is, which one, how much or how many.

somebody      someone      something    anyone      anything     any     nothing

none               no one           nobody          everything      everyone   all       some

each               much              few               many

Demonstrative Pronoun – It is a pronoun which is used to point to people or things emphasizing the distance and the number. 

                                     near                  far  

     Singular                 this                            that

     Plural                     these                      those

Possessive Pronoun – It is a pronoun which shows ownership or possession.

mine            ours              yours              theirs                his                hers               its

Relative Pronoun –  It is a pronoun which introduces a relative clause.

What                Which                     Whose                   Whom                   That

Reflexive Pronoun – It is a pronoun which comes with a suffix (-self/-selves). This pronoun is used to point back to the subject of the sentence.

myself             yourself/yourselves             ourselves               themselves              himself                  herself              itself

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See also NOUNS for beginners.

Meaning of Verb – Action Verb or Linking Verb

Eight Parts of Speech



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