Distributive pronouns

January 31, 2011

Consider the following sentences: Each boy was given a prize. Either road leads to the railway station. Neither accusation is true. Each, either and neither are called distributive pronouns because they refer to persons or things one at a time. Note that a distributive pronoun is always singular and as such it should be followed […]

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What are reflexive pronouns?

November 30, 2010

Reflexive pronouns are words like myself, yourself, herself, himself, itself, oneself, ourselves and themselves. Uses A very common use of reflexive pronouns is to talk about actions where the subject and object are the same person. The old woman killed herself. (Here the subject and object are the same person – the old woman.) I […]

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What are relative pronouns?

June 16, 2010

Read the following pairs of sentences: I saw a little girl. She was very beautiful. I know a man. His son is at Oxford. He got a letter. He had been expecting it. Each of these pairs can be combined into a single sentence: I saw a little girl who was very beautiful. I know […]

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Personal pronouns

June 8, 2010

I, we, you, he, she, they and it are called personal pronouns because they stand for the three persons: the person speaking the person spoken to the person spoken of The pronouns I and we, which refer to the person or persons speaking are said to be the personal pronouns of the first person. I […]

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