One Another

'One Another' is a reciprocal pronoun. In this part, we will go through its uses and grammatical rules in English grammar.

The Pronoun "One Another" in the English Grammar

One another is a reciprocal pronoun. It is used to show that each person in a group of two or more does something to the others. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'One Another' as a Reciprocal Pronoun

Use

One another is a reciprocal pronoun by which we show two or more people are involved in an action, and these people give or do the same thing to each other, and both sides are involved in a relationship. Here are some examples for clarification:

They just tease one another.

The two are highly suspicious of one another.

Position in a Sentence

One Another as a reciprocal pronoun is used to replace a noun that is the object of a sentence. Look:

They love one another.

'One another' replaces the object.

They were happy of seeing one another.

'One... the Other' vs. 'One... Another'

The pattern 'one... the other' is used to refer to the members of a group of two but 'one... another' is used to refer to the members of a group of more than two. For example:

One of the kids insisted to play with the other.

'One... the other' shows there is only two people.

I have two sisters. One is in Spain and the other in Turkey.

I have three sisters. One is in Spain and another is in Turkey.

Possessive Form of 'One Another'

Sometimes we can use one another to show possession by adding 's' to it and putting a noun after it. Such as:

We know very little about one another's work.

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