Definition| Meaning of Pronoun :- A pronoun is a word used in place of a noun.

  • I, we, You, They, He, She, It, Me, My, His, Her, Them etc….

For example :-

  1. He is blessed with so much talent.
  2. I am not sad.
  3. You are beautiful.
  4.  She is asking stupid questions.

Types / Kinds of Pronouns

There are mainly  ten types of Pronouns:-

  • Personal Pronouns
  • Possessive Pronouns
  • Demonstrative Pronouns
  • Distributive Pronouns
  • Reciprocal Pronouns
  • Reflexive Pronouns
  • Emphatic or Emphasizing Pronouns
  • Indefinite Pronouns
  • Relative Pronouns
  • Interrogative Pronouns 

Personal Pronouns

  • Pronouns that stands for the three persons (Read below to read about them) are called personal pronouns, e.g. I, me, we, us, you, he, him, she, her, they, them.

For Example:-

  • I saw a red car.
  • You are a lier
  • We love our nation.



Possessive Pronouns

  • Pronouns that shows possession are called possessive pronouns, e.g. Mine, ours, yours, his, hers, theirs.

For Example:-

  • This book is mine.
  • Yours is a new car.
  • Hers is a beautiful house.

Demonstrative Pronouns

  • Pronouns that points out at something or someone are called demonstrative pronouns, e.g. This, that, these, those, etc….

For Example:-

  • This is my classroom.
  • That is her car.
  • These ingredients are toxic for you.
  • Those mangoes were sweet.

Distributive Pronouns

  • Pronouns that used for individual or object referring to them as one at a time are called distributive pronouns, e.g. each, either, neither, every, none, etc…

For Example:-

  • Each of the students have participated in the annual day function.
  • I may buy either of these two cars.
  • Neither of them plays well in today’s match.
  • Each one of you will be awarded with bravery award this year.
  • Everyone must finish the breakfast before leaving the table.
  • Either of you can help me in this matter before I make any decision by myself.

Reciprocal Pronouns

  • Pronouns that expresses mutual action or relationship are called reciprocal pronouns, e.g. Each other, one another.

For Example:-

  • Ram and Sita love each other.
  • Anju and Deepak hate each other.
  • The three prisoners were all blaming one another.
  • Both teams played really very hard against each other.
  • We gave each other diwali’s gifts.
  • Why don’t they believe each other?
  • We can’t see each other.
  • The gangsters were fighting and abusing one another.

Reflexive Pronouns

  • Pronouns that ends in -self or -selves and are used when the subject and the object of a sentence are the same are called Reflexive Pronouns, e.g. Myself, ourselves, yourselves, yourself, himself, herself, itself, themselves, oneself.

For Example:-

  • The officers acquitted themselves well during the crisis.
  • She has reconciled herself to the demands of her in laws.
  • I pride myself on being able to do it.
  • You should avail yourself of this opportunity.

Emphatic or Emphasizing Pronouns

  • Pronouns that used to lay stress on the subject are called Emphatic or Emphasizing pronouns,e.g. Myself, ourselves, yourselves, yourself, himself, herself, itself, themselves, oneself.

For Example:-

  • She, herself is responsible for her problems.
  • You, yourself have to handle your problems.
  • I hurt Myself.

Indefinite Pronouns

  • Pronouns that areused for nouns in vague or general meaning are called Indefinite Pronouns, e.g. Everybody, somebody, nobody, everybody, anybody, someone, no one, anyone, everything, something, anything, nothing, all, some, any, both, another, much, few, little.

For Example:-

  • Someone is at the door.
  • One should keep one’s promise.
  • Do you have something to eat.
  • Is anyone here to help me with this.

Relative Pronouns

  • Pronouns that are used for nouns to show them ‘relating to’ who, whom, whose, which, that, etc..

For Example:-

  • I saw Beena, who was returning from the market.
  • The boy who came here is a football player.
  • I have a daughter whom I love very much.
  • All that glitters is not gold.

Interrogative Pronouns

  • Pronouns that ask questions are called Interrogative Pronouns, e.g. who, whom, whose, which,, etc.

For Example:- 

  • Who is the president of India?
  • Whose book is this?
  • Which of the servants do you want?
  • By whom was the Ramayan written?


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