Reciprocal Pronoun

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We use
reciprocal pronoun when each of two or more subjects is acting in the same way towards the other.



For example :


A is talking to B.
B is talking to A.


So we say :


  • A and B are talking to each other.


    The action is reciprocated.


  • John talks to Mary and Mary talks to John.


  • I give you a present and you give me a present.


  • The dog bites the cat and the cat bites the dog.


    There are only two reciprocal pronouns and they are both two words.


  • each other


  • one another


    When we use these reciprocal pronouns :


  • There must be two or more people, things or groups involved (so we cannot use reciprocal pronouns with I, you [singular], he/she/it).


  • They must be doing the same thing.



    Examples :


  • The children can help each other in doing the home work.


  • Victor and Laurie were sitting next to each other.


  • They gave all evidence against each other.


  • The two of them sat facing one another.

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