Definition A pronoun takes the place of a noun. That means it can replace a person, place, thing, or idea. Ex. Mark could be replaced by “he” or “him.”
Definition An antecedent is the noun that the pronoun replaces. Ex. Mark gave his lunch money to Joe. (The pronoun is “his.” “His” is replacing Mark; therefore, “Mark” is the antecedent.)
Definition First person means the person being spoken to. Ex. I am Bob. “I” is speaking in the sentence; therefore, “I” is a first person pronoun. Other first person pronouns are: we, me, us, my, mine, our, ours, myself, ourselves
Definition Second person means the person being spoken to. Ex. I saw you at the party. The person, “you” is being spoken to; therefore, “you” is a second person pronoun. Other second person pronouns are: your, yours, yourself, yourselves
Definition Third person pronouns are being spoken about. Ex. He gave Mary a book. (“He” is being talked about; therefore, “he” is a third person pronoun.) Other third person pronouns are: she, it, they, her, him, them, his, hers, its, their, theirs, himself, herself, itself, themselves.
Qualities of Pronouns Person (first person, second person, third person) Number (singular, plural)
Personal Pronouns Personal pronouns are found in the Nominative, Objective, Possessive, and Compound Personal charts
Demonstrative Pronouns Demonstrative pronouns refer to distance. There are four: –this –that –these –those This and these refer to things that are near. That and those refer to things that are far.
Interrogative Pronouns Interrogative pronouns are used to ask questions. There are five: –Who ? –Whom ? –Whose ? –Which ? –What ?
Indefinite Pronouns Indefinite pronouns do not refer to specific items. There are twenty-six: –any, anyone, anybody, anything, another –some, someone, somebody, something –none, nothing, nobody, no one –everyone, everybody, everything –all, both, few, little, many, much, most, one, other, several
Distributive Pronouns Distributive pronouns refer to things separately There are three: –each –either –neither
This completes the review of the chapter of pronouns. For additional review, see Mrs. Frow in 106 or Mrs. Geer in the library for the pronoun review folder.