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What is the Definition of Pronouns in English

Definition of pronouns

There are several different types of pronouns, and some pronouns belong to more than one category.


What is a pronoun?


Pronouns are a small form of subcategory of nouns. A distinctive feature of pronouns is that they can be replaced by other nouns. For example, if you are telling a story about your sister Sarah, the story will start to repeat if you keep repeating "Sarah" over and over. Example:

  • Sarah has always loved fashion. Sarah announced that Sarah wants to go to fashion school.

You can try to confuse it by sometimes referring to Sarah as "My Sister", but then it sounds like you're referring to two different people. Example:

  • Sarah has always loved fashion. My sister announced that Sarah wants to go to fashion school.

Alternatively, you can use the pronouns "she and her" to refer to Sarah. Example:

  • Sarah has always loved fashion. She announced that she wants to go to fashion school.

Pronouns - antecedents


The pronoun can refer to anything: a bicycle, a tree, a movie, a feeling. That's why you need precedent. Antecedents are a noun phrase that you remember at the beginning of a sentence or story and later replace with a pronoun. In the examples below, the prefix and the pronoun it replaces are highlighted. Example:

  • My family drives me nuts, but I love them. 
  • The sign was too far away for Henry to read it.
  • Sarah said she is almost finished with the application.

In some cases, antecedents do not need to be explicitly stated, as long as the context is quite clear. It is usually clear from the pronouns "I, me, and You" refer to them depending on who is speaking.

It is also possible to use a pronoun before stating the antecedents, but try to avoid doing this in long or complex sentences because it can make the sentence difficult to follow. Example:

  • I love them, but my family drives me nuts.

forms of pronoun

A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun. It is divided into the following:

  1. Subject Pronouns  ⟶  I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they
  2. Object Pronouns⟶  Me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them
  3. Possessive adjective⟶  My, your, his, her, its, our, yours, their
  4. Possessive Pronouns Mine, yours, his, hers, ours, yours, theirs
  5. Reflexive Pronouns Myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves

1st person,  2ndperson,  3rd person (male), 3rd person (female), 3rd thing, 1st person (plural),  2nd person (plural), 3rd person & thing (plural)

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