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PRONOUN

WHAT IS A PRONOUN?  

A pronoun is a word that is used instead of a noun in a sentence ( the main purpose of using a pronoun in a sentence is to avoid repetition of the noun). Or it can be defined as a pronoun is a word that replaces or substitutes a noun.

PERSONAL PRONOUNS ARE:       

  • I
  • WE
  • YOU
  • YOUR
  • SHE
  • HE
  • IT
  • THEY
  • THEIR
  • THEM

Types of pronouns:

Personal pronouns

Personal pronouns are used as instead of a person’s name.

Note: like a noun, personal pronouns are used both as a subject as an object.

In broader term personal pronouns are classified as:

  • First person pronoun
  • Second person pronoun
  • Third person pronoun

                                               First person pronoun (masculine or feminine)

                                                    Singular                                          Plural

Nominative                                      I                                                     WE

Possessive                                     my, mine                                     our, ours

Accusative                                       me                                                 us

                                        Second  Person  Pronoun (masculine or feminine)

                                                         Singular/plural                                        

Nominative                                      you                                                 

Possessive                                     your, your                                   

Accusative                                       you     

      Third  Person  Pronoun (masculine or feminine)

                   Singular                                          Plural

             Masculine   feminine    neuter     all genders

Nominative:   he                   she              it     they                                                                                                                             

Possessive:    his          her, hers       its                their                                                                         

Accusative  him                    her            it                    them

Note 1:  my, our, your, her, and  their are called possessive adjectives as they are used with nouns and perform the function of adjective.

Possessive pronouns

Possessive pronouns are those pronouns that show ownership or possession of a noun. They are:

•    my

•    our

•    your

•    his

•    her

•    its (note:  there is no apostrophe)

•    their

For instance:

•    Is that my pen?

•    No, that’s his coat.

•    That’s its table.

•    I’d like to see their dusty rooms.

Moreover, the independent possessive pronouns refer to a previously demonstrated or understood noun. These pronouns can stand alone and aren’t followed by any other noun.

independent possessive pronouns  are:

•    mine

•    ours

•    yours

•    his

•    hers

•    its

•    theirs

For example:

•    That’s mine.

•    Wrong. It’s ours.

•    So, I suppose those clothes are yours?

•    No, it’s theirs.

Indefinite pronouns

PRONOUNS that don’t point to a particular noun. Such pronouns may represent a  class or individual. They are when an object doesn’t need to be specifically identified.

Indefinite pronouns are:

•    few

•    everyone

•    all

•    some

anything

•    nobody

For example:

•    One hardly knows what to do.

•    NOBODY is here in the class.

•    Can you bring some spoons?

•    Nobody escaped unhurt from this world.

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