Pronouns

A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun.
Ex. John likes baseball.
He likes baseball. (He takes the place of the noun John)

PERSONAL PRONOUN:
First person—I, me, my mine (singular) we, us, our, ours (plural)
Second person—you, your, yours (singular) you, your, yours (plural)
Third person—he, she, it, him, her, his, her, hers, its (singular)
they, them, their, theirs (plural)
Ex: WE read that book.
YOU must do YOUR homework.
The boys took THEIR clubs to the course.

REFLEXIVE PRONOUN:
Used to add information to a sentence by pointing back to a noun/pronoun near beginning of sentence.
Ex. Students prepare THEMSELVES for tests by studying.

INTENSIVE PRONOUN:
Used to add emphasis to a noun/pronoun
Ex. You YOURSELF agreed to do your homework first.
***You can omit an intensive pronoun without changing meaning of the sentence.
***Reflexive and intensive pronouns end in –self or –selves.

DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUN:
Used to point out a specific person, place or thing
Singular—this, that Plural—these, those
Ex. THAT is the best coffee in the country. (that refers to coffee)

RELATIVE PRONOUN:
Used to begin subordinate clause (dependent—can’t stand alone) and relate it to another idea in the sentence (independent clause in sentence).

THAT WHICH WHO WHOM WHOSE

Ex. Here is the book THAT you gave me. (that you gave me is subordinate clause so this is a relative pronoun)

INTERROGATIVE PRONOUN:
Used to begin direct or indirect question. There are 5 interrogative pronouns:
WHAT WHICH WHO WHOM WHOSE

EX. WHAT fell from the sky? (direct question)
I asked to WHOM he spoke. (indirect question)

INDEFINITE PRONOUN:
Used to refer to persons, places and things—often without specifying which ones.
Ex. NOBODY had to clean up, but MANY offered to assist.

Singular Indefinite Pronouns: another, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, little, much, neither, nobody, no one, nothing, one, other, somebody, someone, something

Plural Indefinite Pronouns: both, few, many, others, several

Singular OR Plural: all, any, more, most, none, some, such

Pronoun practice

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