Recent Examples of pronoun from the Web
According to Gill's wishes, as they are currently understood, his pronouns have been changed.
Other languages are also taking on the pronoun wars.
There’s always the fight for the correct pronouns and names to be used.
Koko the gorilla earned her pronouns a long, long time ago.
From a telling discussion with Tan about pronouns to getting a new license with Karamo, Skyler has emotional experiences with each cast member over the course of the week.
Many of the commission’s proposals involve eliminating language from the charter and recommending it be included instead in legislation or internal city rules, and making cosmetic changes like eliminating male pronouns from the document.
The struggle for neutral pronouns reared at other times as well.
Noelia self-identifies as a gay man and uses male pronouns with most people.
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What is a pronoun?
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." Most of the personal pronouns have different subject and object forms:
There are a number of other types of pronouns. 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?"
Possessive pronouns refer to things or people that belong to someone. 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. The main relative pronouns are that, which, who, whom, what, and whose.
Reflexive pronouns refer back to the subject of a sentence or clause and are formed by adding -self or -selves to a personal pronoun or possessive adjective, as in myself, herself, ourselves, and itself.
Indefinite pronouns, such as everybody, either, none, and something, do not refer to a specific person or thing, and typically refer to an unidentified or unfamiliar person or thing.
The words it and there can also be used like pronouns when the rules of grammar require a subject but no noun is actually being referred to. Both are usually used at the beginning of a sentence or clause, as in "It was almost noon" and "There is some cake left." These are sometimes referred to as expletives.
PRONOUN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pronoun for English Language Learners
grammar : a word (such as I, he, she, you, it, we, or they ) that is used instead of a noun or noun phrase
PRONOUN Defined for Kids
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