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.

"Reciprocal Pronouns" in English Grammar

What Are Reciprocal Pronouns?

Reciprocal pronouns are a type of pronoun used to express a mutual action or relationship between two or more individuals or things. They are used to indicate that two or more people are performing the same action towards each other or are in a mutual relationship.

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. Pay attention to the following 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.


Reciprocal pronouns cannot be used as subjects of the sentence.


Reciprocal pronouns are:

  • Each other
  • One another


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