Pronouns in English Grammar

Just like stunt doubles for actors in action movies, pronouns are stunt doubles for nouns. They're ready to take actions when nouns are not there!

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Personal Pronouns

A personal pronoun is a word that substitutes a name in a sentence to avoid its repetition. Each personal pronoun shows us information like person or number.

Demonstrative Pronouns

A demonstrative pronoun is a pronoun mostly used to point to something based on its distance from the speaker. In English, these pronouns have four forms.

Impersonal Pronouns

An impersonal pronoun does not refer to a specific person or thing. These pronouns help us talk about a thing or person without mentioning what or who they are.

Possessive Pronouns

Possessive pronouns show ownership and indicate that something belongs to someone particular. With their help, we can make a possessive phrase shorter.

Indefinite Pronouns

Indefinite pronouns refer to people or things without saying exactly who or what they are, but they give other information like entirety, amount, type, etc.

Dummy Pronouns

Dummy pronouns function grammatically as other pronouns, except they do not refer back to a person or thing like normal pronouns do.

Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive Pronouns are used to show that the subject and object of a sentence are exactly the same person or thing or there is a direct connection between them.

Interrogative Pronouns

There are five interrogative pronouns in English. Each one is used to ask a specific question about people or objects.

Reciprocal Pronouns

When two or more people are doing the same thing and receiving the consequences of that action at the same time we use reciprocal pronouns.

Relative Pronouns

Relative pronouns are matchmakers of English grammar. They come in the beginning of relative clauses and join two clauses together. Ready to learn about them?

Archaic Pronouns

Although we don't use 'archaic' or old pronouns today, but if you're a fan of Shakespearean or historical older texts, you need to learn about them.

Emphatic Pronouns

'Emphatic pronouns' are used to refer back to a noun or pronoun being mentioned earlier. So that they give more detailed information. Click here to read more.

Pronouns

What Is a Pronoun and How Does It Help Us?

In every language we have a specific word for each concept or thing that we call it ‘noun’. we use their nouns to refer to things. In reality we talk about things a lot, and it is impractical to repeat their names every time we want to refer to something.

To make conversations easier, we came up with a simple and practical solution: a word that can substitute a noun (or name or pronoun) and prevent repetition. These types of words are called ‘Pronouns’. Pronouns are words that can substitute nouns and make sentences simpler and easier to understand.

It is important to mention that pronouns do not just substitute nouns and play the same role, they can also add to the meaning of the sentence by showing emphasis or preventing vagueness. This is why we have different types of pronouns. Each type is used for different functions and grammatical structures.

English has different types of pronouns. Each type has different functions and usually different forms. You can read about these types in further lessons.