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Types of Pronouns: Pronouns are divided into different types based on their function in a sentence. The types of pronouns are: Possessive, Reflexive, Reciprocal, Relative, Demonstrative, Interrogative, and Indefinite. Please note, possessive pronouns are related topossessive adjectives, and are discussed on the Types of Adjectives page. Possessive adjectives always come with a noun. Possessive pronouns replace a noun.

Possessive Pronouns

The possessive pronouns are: mine, yours, his, hers, its, theirs, ours. Possessive pronouns show possession. They can be thought of as replacing the phrase "belongs to." The car belongs to me. It is mine. The car belongs to you. It is yours. It is important to remember that although possessive nouns use an apostrophe, possessive pronouns NEVER use an apostrophe. There is no your's, her's or their's!

Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive pronouns are used to indicate when the subject of the verb is also the object of the verb. Huh? These are the reflexive pronouns: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, oneself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves. So the sentence "I did it to myself" uses the reflexive pronoun myself. This one of the two times it is correct to use myself. (The other is for emhasis: "I did it myself.")

Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal means "given and received mutually." The reciprocal pronouns are: each other, one another. Thus, we use reciprocal pronouns when we write about actions that go in two directions: we gave each other gifts at Christmas. The children are kind to one another.

Relative Pronouns

Relative pronouns include that, which, who, whose, whom, where, when. (See the pages on that or which and who or whom.) Relative pronouns are used to introduce clauses or phrases. (A phrase is any group of words; a clause includes a subject and verb.) "He sold me the car that came from Japan." "I remember the place where we met." "The sweater, which my mother made, is very soft."

Demonstrative, Interrogative, and Indefinite Pronouns

The last three types of pronouns are very similar to types of adjectives. Like possessive pronouns, if they are used with a noun, they are considered adjectives.

 

Pronoun

Adjective

Pronoun Example

Demonstrative

these

these flowers

Of all the flowers for sale, I like these.

Interrogative

which

which car

Of the 2017 cars, which is your favorite?

Indefinite

some

some candy

You have candy? Give me some.

 

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