A pronoun is a word that is used in the place of a noun or a whole noun phrase.Pronouns are commonly used:
Pronouns - Easy Learning Grammar
- in place of a noun or a noun phrase that has already been mentioned, when the repetition of the noun or noun phrase would be very strange.
- Sam has to go to the airport. Can you give him a lift?
- The young prince and his wife came out on to the balcony. They waved to the crowd.
- The mechanic tested the starter motor. It would not work. He tried it again.
- when we know perfectly well who or what is referred to. When, for example, I use the pronoun I it is because it would be unusual to refer to myself by name.
- I’m sorry I’m late.
- We’d better ring and say we’re not coming.
- when the name of someone or something is not known.
- He’s the man who came to the house yesterday!
- Who’s she?
Types of pronounThere are seven different types of pronoun, classified according to their meaning and use.The personal pronouns can be used as subject or object in a clause.
- He gave her a box of chocolates.
- We saw them both on Friday.
- I can see you!
- The puppy entangled itself in the lead.
- I’ve just cut myself on a piece of glass.
- Never mind. I’ll do it myself.
- The professor himself did not know the answer.
- Give it back, it’s mine.
- Perhaps it really is theirs after all.
- This is Betty’s and that is Peter’s.
- These are nice. Where did you find them?
- I don’t know what you mean.
- That’s the girl who always comes top.
- What would you like for lunch?
- Which is the fresh milk?
- Who was responsible?
- Everyone had a compass and a whistle.
- Neither wanted to give in and apologize.
- Much needs to be done.