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A pronoun is used in place in a sentence so that you don’t have to keep saying/ writing that particular noun.
Example- Ram is a good boy. He goes to school daily. (Here, you don’t have to use ‘Ram’ again.)
The word or phrase that a pronoun replaces is called the antecedent of the pronoun. In the example, original noun ’Ram’ is the antecedent and the pronoun ‘He’ is the referent because it refers back to the original noun. The antecedent and the pronoun must agree in terms of number and gender.

Types of Pronoun:
   ·         Subject Pronouns
   ·         Object Pronouns
   ·         Possessive Pronouns
   ·         Reflexive Pronouns
   ·         Intensive Pronouns
   ·          Relative Pronouns
   ·         Demonstrative Pronouns
   ·         Interrogative Pronouns
Ø  Subject Pronouns
Subject pronouns work as the subject of the verb in a sentence. A subject pronoun normally replaces the subject/object (a noun) of the previous sentence.
Example- Bob cannot attend the party. He has a game to his grandfathers.
(Here the subject pronoun replaced the object of the previous sentence.
Ø  Object Pronouns
Object pronouns work as the object or indirect object in a sentence replacing the antecedent object. This form of the pronoun is also used after prepositions.
Example-  I will give you a present on your birthday. I have a great idea for (after preposition)
Tell her that you will take the job.
I have a gift for your boss. Give it to your boss. (Here, it works as an object)
Ø  Possessive Pronouns
Possessive pronouns replace the nouns of the possessive adjectives: my, our, your, her, his, their. The possessive pronouns are mine, ours, yours, hers, his, its, theirs. The pronoun ‘who’ also has a possessive form, whose.
Example
·          I thought my bag was lost, but the one Keswick, found was mine. (Here, ‘mine’ refers to my ‘bag’ )
·         Their vacation will start next week. Ours is tomorrow. (Here, ‘Ours’ refers to ‘our vacatio’.
·         Those four suitcase are ours.
·         Is this yours?
You have to take either her car or theirs. Hers is better than theirs. (Here, ‘her’ is possessive adjective and ‘hers’ and ‘theirs’ are possessive pronouns which replaced ‘her car’ and ‘their car’.)
Ø  Reflexive Pronouns
Reflexive pronoun redirects a sentence or a clause back to the subject, which is also the direct object of the sentence. A reflexive pronoun comes when the subject performs its action upon itself. Here, itself is a reflexive pronoun.
Example
Since she is her own boss, she gave herself a raise.  (Here, ‘herself’ is the direct object of the clause and the same person is the subject.
·         She allowed herself  more time to get ready.
·         The computer restarts itself  every night.
·         We told ourselves that we were so lucky to be alive.

Ø  Intensive Pronouns
Intensive pronouns add emphasis/importance but do not act as the object in the sentence. They can appear right after the subject.
Example
·         I will do it myself. (Here, ‘myself’ is not an object.)
·         I myself saw the missing boat into the harbor.
·         We intend to do all the work ourselves.
·         You yourselves are responsible for this mess.
Ø  Relative Pronouns
Relative pronouns introduce the relative clause. They are used to make clear what is being talked about a sentence. They describe something more about the subject or the object.
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Example
·         The car that was stolen was the one they loved most.
·         A person who loves nature is a good person.
·         Our school, which was founded in 1995, is being renovated.
·         I will accept whichever party dress you buy me on.
·         Whoever you are behind this great initiative.
Demonstrative Pronoun
Demonstrative pronouns normally indicate the closeness of or distance from the speaker, either literally or symbolically. This, these, that and those are the demonstrative pronouns. They also work as demonstrative adjectives when they modify a noun. However, demonstrative pronouns do not modify anything rather replace the nouns/ noun phrases.
Sometimes neither, none and such are also used as demonstrative pronouns.
Example
·         That is a long way to go.
·         This is my car.
·         Hand me that cricket bat.
·         Neither is permitted to enter the building.
·         Such are ways of life.
Ø  Interrogative Pronouns
Interrogative produce questions. They are what, which, who, whom, and whose.
Who, whom, and whose refer to questions related to a person or animal: what refers to an idea, object, or event, and which can indicate either a person/s or a thing/s.
Example
·         What was the name of your school?
·         What is your favorite movie?
·         Who is your favorite actor?
·         Whom do you prefer in this competition?
·         There’s a new bike on the lawn. Whose is it?




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