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Pronouns • A pronoun is a word that takes the place of one or more nouns. • The noun the pronoun replaces or refers to is called the antecedent.
Personal Pronouns n Three groups n n n First person Second person Third person
First Person Pronouns n This is the person speaking: n n Singular: I, me, my, mine Plural: we, us, ours Example: Mr. Victor often says that he wants all of us to try and do our very best.
Second Person Pronouns n The person spoken to: n n Singular: you, yours Plural: you, yours Example: The waiter asked, “Would you like to take home your leftovers? ”
Third Person Pronouns n The person or thing spoken about: n n Singular: he, him, his, she, hers, its Plural: they, them, theirs Example: Didn’t Mr. Victor get one of his degrees from Florida State University?
Reflexive or Intensive Pronouns n These pronouns are created by adding -self or –selves to some personal pronouns. Singular: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself Plural: ourselves, yourselves, themselves Example: Mrs. Herbert excused herself from the meeting because she had to go pick up her children.
Indefinite Pronouns n These pronouns refer to unnamed people or things and do not have definite antecedents like personal pronouns (you is sometimes an indefinite pronoun as the first word in a sentence all each both many few any no one either Example: No one knew the answer, but a few tried. You must explain it to me.
Demonstrative Pronouns n These pronouns are used to point out specific people, places or things. this that these those Example: When someone shouted out, “She’s Fat, ” the teacher said, “Please do not use comments like those in my room. ”
Interrogative Pronouns n These pronouns are used to ask questions. what whose which whom who Example: Who is going to become this week’s “Student of the Week? ”
Relative Pronouns n These pronouns relate a noun or adjective clause to its antecedent. who which whom that whose Example: Mr. Victor, who is tall and scary, speaks with a very loud voice.
Reciprocal Pronouns n These pronouns refer to individual parts of a plural antecedent. each other one another Example: Julie and Stacy were friends last week, and now they are spreading rumors about each other.