Lesson 5 – Pronouns

By | April 16, 2019

Lesson 5 – Pronouns

Lesson 5 – Pronouns

Lesson 5 - Pronouns

Subsections:

  1. Personal Pronouns
  2. Reflexive Pronouns
  3. Relative Pronouns
  4. Possessive Pronouns
  5. Demonstrative Pronouns
  6. Indefinite pronouns
  7. Interrogative Pronouns
  8. Reciprocal Pronouns
  9. Intensive/EmphaticP ronouns

The list above shows the different types of pronouns.

A pronoun is a word used to take the place of a noun, which can be a person, place, animal, or thing. We use a pronoun to avoid repeating a noun that has already been mentioned. A pronoun usually comes after the noun it replaces.

  • Jim has a toothbrush. He uses it every day.

He and it in the second sentence are pronouns used to replace Jim and toothbrush: He is for Jim and it is for toothbrush. By using pronouns, we don’t have to write or say Jim and toothbrush again.

Usually, A pronoun may come before a noun that it replaces. In such an order, it has to be

made clear so that a reader or listener knows which noun the pronoun takes the place of.

Examples:
  • She, Jenny, is my elder sister.

(She is a pronoun that replaces the noun Jenny, which is also known as an appositive.)

  • The only millionaire in the village, he is also the oldest.

How to identify a pronoun in a sentence.

However, A pronoun can also be a determiner, so how can we tell whether it is a pronoun or a determiner? It all depends on how it is used. As a pronoun, it is used independently, that is on its own without a noun following it.

Examples:
  • This is a big house.

(This is a pronoun. It is not followed by a noun)

  • This house is big.

(This is no longer a pronoun as it is followed by the noun house. It is a determiner that describes or modifies the noun house, which a pronoun does not do.)