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What are pronouns?

The final post in my word class series is pronouns! Pronouns take the place of a noun in a sentence to keep writing more concise and to prevent a lot of repetition in writing. For example: 'Sophie went out to the shop and Sophie bought a pizza, then Sophie went home.' With pronouns this becomes... 'Sophie went out the shop, she bought a pizza and then she went home.' Or 'I really like coffee, I have coffee every morning.' With pronouns this becomes... 'I really like coffee, I have one every morning.' Simple right? It never is, this is where it gets a little complicated. There are different types of pronouns... And again remember that sometimes a word can fit into multiple word classes. Here are some of the more common types of pronouns: Indefinite pronouns This is when you're referring to unspecified objects. So you would use pronouns such as: nobody, anyone, someone, whoever, whichever, something, no one For example: 'Would anyone like a drink?' 'Did someone take this?' Personal pronouns This is where you're referring to certain someone, something or a certain group of people I, you, they, she, he For example: 'I went home at eight' 'They liked strawberries' Demonstrative pronouns These refer to something specific these, those, that For example: 'I don't like those flowers' 'Is that over there?' Possessive pronouns These pronouns show ownership mine, hers, theirs, ours, whose, his For example: 'This is our house' 'Is that your dog?' Relative pronouns These are there to add some more clarity to a sentence. which, whose, that, who For example: 'The dog, that escaped the other day, is back' 'The party, which was yesterday, was a disaster' Interrogative pronouns Which usually introduce a question... who, where, when, what, why, whose For example: 'Which colour do you prefer?' 'What house was it?' With even more categories out there, pronouns can seem very scary. However it's important to remember that you don't need to know each category inside out, sometimes it useful to understand each word class but it's definelty not essential.


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