In linguistics and grammar , a pronoun abbreviated PRO is a word that substitutes for a noun or noun phrase. It is a particular case of a pro-form. Pronouns have traditionally been regarded as one of the parts of speech , but some modern theorists would not consider them to form a single class, in view of the variety of functions they perform cross-linguistically. An example of a pronoun is "you", which is both plural and singular.
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Home Grammar Word classes Pronouns. Pronouns are used in place of a noun that has already been mentioned or that is already known, often to avoid repeating the noun. For example:.
What is a Pronoun?
Pronouns are short words and can do everything that nouns can do and are one of the building blocks of a sentence. Common pronouns are he, she, you, me, I, we, us, this, them, that. A pronoun can act as a subject, direct object, indirect object, object of the preposition , and more and takes the place of any person, place, animal or thing. So coffee becomes it, Barbara becomes she, Jeremy becomes he, the team becomes they, and in a sentence, Barbara drinks a cup of coffee every afternoon could become she drinks a cup of it every afternoon , or even she drinks it every afternoon , where the it would substitute the cup of coffee , not just the coffee. Without pronouns, Barbara drinks a cup of coffee every afternoon , she likes to have it before dinner would be Barbara drinks a cup of coffee every afternoon , Barbara likes to have the cup of coffee before dinner. Using pronouns helps the flow of sentences and makes them more interesting. Almost anytime you refer to a person, animal, place or thing, you can use pronouns to add interest and make your speech or writing flow better.
To save this word, you'll need to log in. A pronoun is a word that is used instead of a noun or noun phrase. Pronouns refer to either a noun that has already been mentioned or to a noun that does not need to be named specifically. The most common pronouns are the personal pronouns , which refer to the person or people speaking or writing first person , the person or people being spoken to second person , or other people or things third person. Like nouns, personal pronouns can function as either the subject of a verb or the object of a verb or preposition: " She likes him , but he loves her. The interrogative pronouns —particularly what , which , who , whom , and whose —introduce questions for which a noun is the answer, as in " Which do you prefer? The main possessive pronouns are mine , yours , his , hers , its , ours , and theirs. The four demonstrative pronouns — this , that , these , and those —distinguish the person or thing being referred to from other people or things; they are identical to the demonstrative adjectives. Relative pronouns introduce a subordinate clause , a part of a sentence that includes a subject and verb but does not form a sentence by itself.