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Pronouns – the Proxy Nouns

Pronouns are the words used in place of nouns. It means, the words that stand for nouns i.e. perform the function of nouns and can replace them are known as pronouns. Thus, pronouns can also be labeled as proxy pronouns. Here, it must be kept in mind that while using a pronoun in subjective and objective cases, it may retain its form or it may undergo a change; which does not happen in case of a noun.  

Examples of Pronouns :

I, we, you, they, he, she, it, this, that, these, those, what, which, who, whose, whom, mine, yours, his, him, her, hers, theirs, each, everyone, none, everybody, some, somebody, someone, either, neither, all, few, both, many, each other and one another etc.

An important point to note is that role of a word depends upon its usage. As such, same word may perform different functions / roles in same or different sentences. Certain pronouns like ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘which’ etc may be used as adjectives as well. Similarly, ‘which’, ‘where’ and ‘who’ may be used as conjunctives (conjunctions); while ‘here’ and ‘there’ may be used as pronouns as well as adverbs. 

Study of pronouns discussed under the following topics will make the things clearer to you. 

  • Types of Pronouns 
  • Position / Function of Pronouns 
  • Pronouns vs Nouns 
  • Pronouns vs Adjectives 
  • Relative Pronouns vs Conjunctions 
  • Reflexive Pronouns vs Emphatic Pronouns 

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