What is a Pronoun? Types of Pronouns, Use with Examples

What is a Pronoun?

Pronouns are one kind of word which is used instead of a noun.

For example:- I, you. She, it, they etc.

We have a basic concept about pronouns, Now We will discuss all about the types of pronouns.

Types of Pronouns

Types of Pronouns-

Pronouns are majorly divided into seven types.

  1. Personal Pronoun.
  2. Indefinite Pronoun.
  3. Relative Pronoun.
  4. Intensive Pronoun.
  5. Demonstrative Pronoun.
  6. Interrogative Pronoun.
  7. Reflexive Pronoun.

1. Personal Pronoun:-

Personal Pronouns are associated with a particular person.

For example:- I, Me, He, She, It.

Now let’s look into examples:-

  1. She is my sister.
  2. I am very happy.

2. Indefinite Pronoun:-

If there is a situation where you do not want to indicate exact person or place you can use indefinite pronouns.

For example:- Anybody, anyone, nobody, every, all, some, enough, many, much.  

Now let’s look into examples:-

  1. Somebody ate my cookies.
    Somebody is an indefinite pronoun, as no one knows the exact person who has ate the cookie.
  2. Everyone says she is  beautiful.
    Here, Everyone is an indefinite pronoun as no one knows the exact person.
  3. Does anyone know what’s happening here?
    Here, anyone is used as an indefinite pronoun as the person is asking in general to all. So remember when you do not want to project any exit person Or thing they are used . 

3. Relative Pronoun:-

Relative pronouns refer to nouns which are mentioned previously. They may be a person, place, thing or idea.

Relative pronouns also used to join two sentences.

For example:–  Who, whom, which, whomsoever, whose,

Now, let’s look into the sentence example of them:-

  1. The player who won the trophy trained hard.
    Here, who is referred to as the player again in the sentence. So, it is a relative pronoun.
  2. The police needed details that could help to identify the thief.
    Here, that is used to join two sentences. So it is Relative pronoun.
  3. This is a place where we met.
    Here, Where is used in the continuation of a sentence and joining two sentences.So, it is a relative pronoun. 

 So, relative pronouns are used in place of nouns, which were referred previously.

Now, let’s look into the next category of pronoun,

4. Intensive Pronoun:-

intensive pronouns emphasizes on a noun or pronoun and provide more importance to a sentence.

For example:– Himself, herself, yourself, themselves,ourselves, 

Now, let’s look into the sentence example of them:-

  1. He himself is responsible for the situation.
    Here, we are emphasizing on He using himself giving more Importance to the sentence.
  2. Surupa sewed her dress herself.
    Here, Herself is used to address that she herself did it. 
  3. We built a garden by yourself.
    Here, yourself is used and it emphasizes on your own selves.

So intensive pronouns are used to emphasize a noun or pronoun.

Now, let’s look into next pronouns,

5. Demonstrative pronouns:-

Demonstrative pronouns are used to point something specific within a sentence. They represent a thing near or far in distance or time.

For example:– This, that, these, those, such.

Now, let’s look into the sentence example of them:-

  1. This is a white cow.
    Here, This is used to point out the cow, which is near. So, it is a demonstrative pronoun.
  • These are my books
    Here, These is used to point out the collection of books. So it is a demonstrative pronoun.
  • Such a pen cost two rupees.
    Such is used to point out a pen. So, it’s a demonstrative pronoun.

So remember Demonstrative Pronoun are used to point out something specific within a sentence.

Now, let’s look into the next category of pronouns:-

6. Interrogative pronouns:-

They are used to begin a question. It is used to make asking questions easy.

For example:– What, which, who, whom and whose.

Now, let’s look into the sentence example of them:-

  • What do you want for dinner?
    Here, What is used to ask a question about asking for dinner.
  • Which color do you prefer?
    Here, which is used to ask for color preferences.
  • Who is going to take out the trace?
    Here, Who is used to asking a question.

So remember that interrogative pronouns are used when asking questions.

Now, let’s look into the last type of pronouns,

7. Reflexive Pronouns:-

Reflexive Pronouns are object pronouns that we use when the subject and object are the same noun. 

So, they are the ones that end with self or selves.

For example:– Myself, yourself, Himself, herself, itself,

Now, let’s look into the sentence example of them:-

  1. I asked to myself to calm down 
    Here, both subject and object is I. So myself is a reflexive pronoun.
  2. He baked the cake himself.
    Here, both subject and object is he.So,himself is a reflexive pronoun.
  3. You are too young to go out by yourself.
    Here, both subject and object are referred to you. So, yourself is a reflexive pronoun.
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