Example of Pronoun
A pronoun is a word that can be used instead of a noun.
In linguistics and grammar, a pronoun is traditionally considered as a part of speech. A pronoun is any word of form that can be used to replace a noun or noun phrase. Often times, using the same noun over and over again becomes cumbersome; hence, it is often replaced with a pronoun, which indicates what we are talking about without repeating the noun over and over again.
For example, “Mary is eating cake. Mary likes cake. Mary wants more cake.” Instead of saying Mary over and over again, we can say ‘she’. “Mary is eating cake. She likes cake. She wants more cake.”
Whenever, we think of pronouns, we think of ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘we’, ‘him’, and ‘her’. However, a pronoun can be essentially anything that is used to refer to something else.
I love you.
He looked at them.
That reminds me of something.
It is we who are responsible for the decision to downsize.
It could have been them.
Her face was close to mine.
Anything might happen.
There are many types of pronouns, such as personal pronouns, relative pronouns, interrogative pronouns, demonstrative pronouns and indefinite pronouns.
- Personal Pronouns are pronouns that are used to represent people, for example, I, me, mine, you, yours, his, her, hers, we, they, or them. Personal Pronouns can be further categorized into:
Subjective pronouns: that act as a subject of verbs in the sentence, such as I, you, we, he, she, it, we, and they. For example, “I drove Catherine home.”
Objective pronouns: that act as an object of verbs in the sentence, such as me, you, us, him, her, it, and them. For example, “Nick waved at me.”
Possessive pronouns: that are used to indicate possessiveness, such as mine, yours, hers, his, ours, and theirs. For example, “The book is mine.”
Reflexive pronouns: that are used to refer back to previously used personal pronouns, such as myself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves. For example, “I fell and hurt myself.”
- Relative Pronouns are pronouns that are used to add more information to a sentence, such as, which, that, who, whom, whose and where. For example, “Bill Gates, who developed Microsoft, is the world’s richest man.”
- Interrogative Pronouns are pronouns that are used in questions, such as who, which, what, where and how. For example, “Who was that?”
- Demonstrative Pronouns are pronouns that are used to demonstrate or indicate something, such as this, that, these and those. For example, “These are the students participating in the event.”
- Indefinite Pronouns are pronouns that are used for non-specific things, such as all, some, any, several, anyone, nobody, each, both, few, either, none, one and no one. For example, “Somebody must have taken out all the trash.”