What is distributive pronoun? Uses with Examples Difference between Distributive Pronouns and Distributive Adjectives

In this lesson we are going to learn about the distributive pronouns Each, Either, Neither.

What is pronoun?

A pronoun is a word that is used in place of a noun or a noun phrase to avoid repetition. Such as, He, She, him, you, me, myself etc.

What is distributive pronoun?

The pronoun that denotes each person, place or thing of a class is called a distributive pronoun. A distributive pronoun refers to either one individual. There is one particular group or one particular class. So, at a time it represents only one individual person or one individual group or class.

Some important point distributive pronoun-
  • It is always singular and always takes a singular verb.
  • Each, either and neither are normally used with singular nouns, and are placed before the noun.
  • Each, either and neither can be used with plural nouns but must be followed by “of”.
How many distributive pronouns are there?

There are three distributive pronouns.

  1. Each of.
  2. Either of.
  3. Neither of.

So, these are the three distributive products.


Each is a way of seeing the every member of a group as an individual. Each is used for two or more person, place or thing.

For examples-

  1. Each child play football.
  2. Each of the children play football.


Either is used for two person, place or thing.

For examples-

  1. Either of you can help me in this matter.
  2. Either of you can go.


Neither means not the one nor the other out of the two persons or things.

  1. Neither of them looks sad.
  2. Neither of the books is in English.
  3. Neither of them drives a car.
  4. Neither of the members will attend the meeting.

Uses of distributive pronoun-

  • Each is used to donate every one of a number of persons or things taken single.
  • Neither means not the one, nor the other of two. It is negative of either.
  • We can’t use neither and either with more than two persons or things. Either and neither are concerned with distribution between two things.
  • Either is used for positive and neither is used for negative.

Difference Distributive Pronouns between Distributive Adjectives-

Distributive Pronouns used as either the subject or object in a sentence.

Distributive PronounsDistributive Adjectives
Distributive Pronouns used as either the subject or object in a sentence.Distributive Adjectives Modify or explain a word or a noun.
Distributive Pronouns never followed by a noun.Distributive Adjectives followed by a noun.
None of members is going.Either team can win the match.

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