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Pronouns :

Generally (but not always) pronouns stand for (pro + noun) or refer to a noun, an individual or individuals or thing or things (the pronoun's antecedent) whose identity is made clear earlier in the text. For instance, we are bewildered by writers who claim something like

  • They say that eating beef is bad for you.

  • They is a pronoun referring to someone, but who are they? Cows? whom do they represent? Sloppy use of pronouns is unfair.

    Not all pronouns will refer to an antecedent, however.

  • Everyone here earns over a thousand dollars a day.

  • The word "everyone" has no antecedent.

    This section will list and briefly describe the several kinds of pronouns.

  • Personal Pronouns

  • Demonstrative Pronouns

  • Indefinite Pronouns

  • Relative Pronouns

  • Reflexive Pronouns

  • Intensive Pronouns

  • Interrogative Pronouns

  • Reciprocal Pronouns

  • English Glossary Index

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