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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
demonstrative pronoun
indefinite pronoun
personal pronoun
possessive pronoun/form/case etc
▪ the possessive pronouns ‘ours’ and ‘mine’
relative pronoun
▪ The effect of this intense focus on modes of address is that personal pronouns become unusually prominent.
▪ He even refers to himself with the normal personal pronouns instead of the special ones customarily reserved exclusively for the emperor.
▪ The most notable is the relative pronoun that, which can only be used with a restrictive relative clause.
▪ The art-historical etiquette for describing the nude is to use the pronoun it rather than her.
▪ I use the pronoun I to make it a personal statement.
▪ Somehow I have to use this for three pronouns, each with its special significance.
▪ First, Arabic rarely uses independent pronouns because Arabic verbs are inflected for person, number, and gender.
▪ And do this, to take something that might be clearly activated, she decides to look at pronouns.
▪ But the grammarian is tongue-tied without his labels: noun, adjective, verb, adverb, conjunction, pronoun.
▪ Familiar ways in which such participant-roles are encoded in language are of course the pronouns and their associated predicate agreements.
▪ She announced her decision this morning the pronoun she points to Mrs Thatcher within the textual world itself.
▪ The speaker's ambiguous pronouns, shifting their referents, helped foster this feeling of harmonious identity.
▪ This group of pronouns has weak forms pronounced with weaker vowels than the and of their strong forms.
▪ Yet while we make this point we must immediately see that these pronouns do not characterize the relationship.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pronoun \Pro"noun\, n. [Pref. pro- + noun: cf. F. pronom, L. pronomen. See Noun.] (Gram.) A word used instead of a noun or name, to avoid the repetition of it. The personal pronouns in English are I, thou or you, he, she, it, we, ye, and they.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from pro- and noun; modeled on Middle French pronom, from Latin pronomen, from pro- "in place of" + nomen "name, noun" (see name (n.)). A loan-translation of Greek antonymia.


n. (context grammar English) A type of noun that refers anaphora to another noun or noun phrase, but which cannot ordinarily be preceded by a determiner and rarely takes an attributive adjective. English examples include ''I, you, him, who, me, my, each other''.


n. a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase


In linguistics and grammar, a pronoun is a word that substitutes for a noun or noun phrase. It is a particular case of a pro-form.

Pronouns have traditionally been regarded as one of the parts of speech, but some modern theorists would not consider them to form a single class, in view of the variety of functions they perform. Subtypes include personal pronouns, reflexive and reciprocal pronouns, possessive pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, relative pronouns, interrogative pronouns, and indefinite pronouns.

The use of pronouns often involves anaphora, where the meaning of the pronoun is dependent on an antecedent. This applies especially to third-person personal pronouns, and to relative pronouns. For example, in the sentence That poor man looks as if he needs a new coat, the antecedent of the pronoun he is the noun phrase that poor man.

The adjective associated with pronoun is pronominal. A pronominal is also a word or phrase that acts as a pronoun. For example, in That's not the one I wanted, the phrase the one (containing the prop-word one) is a pronominal.

Pronoun (publishing platform)

Pronoun is a New York-based company that provides free book publishing, marketing, and analytics services to authors. Pronoun launched in 2015.

Originally founded as Vook, the company rebranded as Pronoun following acquisitions of publishing analytics platform Booklr and short-form ebook publisher Byliner. In May 2016, Pronoun was acquired by Macmillan Publishers.

Usage examples of "pronoun".

The possessive case of the personal pronouns never take the apostrophe, as ours, yours, hers, theirs.

After each of the misapplied pronouns a verb is understood of which each pronoun is the subject.

Noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, participle, conjunction, preposition, interjection.

The noun or pronoun that completes a prepositional phrase or the meaning of a transitive verb.

There also exist certain other pronouns that likewise appear as separate words, though they are closely related to the corresponding pronominal endings.

PRONOUNS In addition to the possessive noun suffixes and the pronominal suffixes for verbs, there are nine PRONOUNS which are individual words.

I have chosen to use the natural and obvious pronouns for male and female, and to represent the intermediates - or apices - with whatever pronominal term best indicates their place in their society, relative to the existing sexual power-balance of yours.

I have chosen to use the natural and obvious pronouns for male and female, and to represent the intermediates - or apices - with whatever pronominal term best indicates their place in their society, relative to the existing sexual power-balance of yours.

Or maybe the distinction between inclusive and exclusive forms is not upheld in the dual pronouns?

Anglo-Saxon element supplies the essential parts of speech, the article, pronoun of all kinds, the preposition, the auxiliary verbs, the conjunctions, and the little particles which bind words into sentences and form the joints, sinews and ligaments of the language.

A feature of nouns, pronouns, and a few verbs, referring to singular or plural.

The words denoting kindred, the pronouns, the conjugations, and the declensions, corresponded closely to those of the Tartar tribes of Siberia.

We have also pointed out that Quenya pronouns usually appear as endings, not so often as separate words as in English.

It is, however, somewhat uncertain whether the endings for genitive and possessive should be added to such independent pronouns.

Neither Ballard nor Gunther ever used the neuter pronoun in reference to the creature.