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The list above shows the different types of pronouns. 

 

A pronoun is a word used to take the place of a noun, which can be a person, place, animal, or thing. We use a pronoun to avoid repeating a noun that has already been mentioned. A pronoun usually comes after the noun it replaces.

  • Jim has a toothbrushHe uses it every day.

He and it in the second sentence are pronouns used to replace Jim and toothbrushHe is for Jim and it is for toothbrush. By using pronouns, we don’t have to write or say Jim and toothbrush again.

 

 

A pronoun may come before a noun that it replaces. In such an order, it has to be made clear so that a reader or listener knows which noun the pronoun takes the place of.

 

 

Examples:

  • SheJenny, is my elder sister. 
    (She is a pronoun that replaces the noun Jenny, which is also known as an appositive.) 
  • The only millionaire in the village, he is also the oldest.

 

 

How to identify a pronoun in a sentence.
A pronoun can also be a determiner, so how can we tell whether it is a pronoun or a determiner? It all depends on how it is used. As a pronoun, it is used independently, that is on its own without a noun following it.  

 

 

Examples:

  • This is a big house.

    (This is a pronoun. It is not followed by a noun)

     

  • This house is big.

    (This is no longer a pronoun as it is followed by the noun house. It is a determiner that describes or modifies the noun house, which a pronoun does not do.)