Reciprocal Pronouns for intermediate learners

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.

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"Reciprocal Pronouns" in English Grammar

What Are Reciprocal Pronouns?

Reciprocal Pronouns are used when two people are doing the same action.

Types of Reciprocal Pronouns

There are two reciprocal pronouns in English:

using the possessive form of the reciprocal pronoun "each other"

What Is Their Difference?

There is no difference between 'each other' and 'one another' so they can be used interchangeably. Here are the examples:

Mary likes Jane. Jane liked Mary. → Mary and Jane like each other.

I know Liz. Liz knows me. → Liz and I know one another.

Tip!

We cannot use reciprocal pronouns as subjects of the sentence.

Review

Reciprocal pronouns are:

  • Each other
  • One another

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