Pronoun and Different kinds of Pronoun

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Pronoun is a word that takes place of and functions as a noun.

·        Example:   She is a good athlete.

Often a pronoun takes the place of a particular noun.  This noun is known as the antecedent.  A pronoun “refers to”, or directs your thoughts toward, its antecedent.

·        Example:   Let’s call Anna and ask her to join the team. (Her is a pronoun; Anna is its antecedent)

Personal Pronouns

Personal Pronouns stand in for people, places, things and ideas.

Personal pronouns can also be divided into three groups called persons.

1.      First person is the person speaking.

2.      Second person is the person spoken to.

3.      Third person is the person or thing spoken about.

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·        I was glad to find the bus pass in the bottom of the green knapsack.

·        You are surely the strangest child I have ever met.

·        He stole the selkie’s skin and forced her to live with him.

Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive Pronouns refers back to the subject of a sentence.

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·        I learned a lot about myself at summer camp.

·        They should divide the berries among themselves.

Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative Pronouns stand in for a person, place or thing that must be pointed to.  They may function as subjects, objects or objects of the preposition.

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When referring to a singular place, thing or ideas use these demonstrative pronouns:

As a subject:

·        This has been a difficult decade for the Philippine Presidency.

·        That is whom you should meet at the dinner at the Manila Hotel.

As a direct object:

·        Would you deliver this?

·        The demands on the President’s time had knocked that off the schedule.

As an object of the preposition:

·        Does the shirt you bought go with this?

·        Steve will put a new coat of paint on that if necessary.

When referring to a plural place, thing or ideas use these demonstrative pronouns:

As a subject:

·        These are the preferred pens in this department.

·        Those attempting to purchase handguns must wait seven days.

As a direct object:

·        Will Glenn find these in time?

·        Joan donated those to the charity.

As an object of the preposition:

·        Please climb over these before you continue the course.

·        James can work with those.

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