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Definitions of pronoun

  1. a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
  2. 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.
  3. A word which refers to, or is used in the place of, a noun or name; as, he, she, you, it, etc.
  4. A word used instead of a noun.
  5. Pronominal.
  6. In gram., a word which refers to, or stands instead of, a noun.
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Usage examples for pronoun

  1. The butler was not indifferent to the pronoun used by Mrs. Hulver when she spoke of " our religion." – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  2. Sometimes the plural pronoun of the third person is used. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  3. Besides the regular uses that the personal pronoun has, there are some special uses that should be understood. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  4. I should rather like- if it was just setting foot- with you-" But even that effective final pronoun failed to bring any buoyancy back into his voice; for it was not in the least effective as he said it, and he no longer looked her in the face. – The Thousandth Woman by Ernest W. Hornung
  5. Him is a pronoun. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  6. Change the personal pronoun,- that is all. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  7. But I meant nothing personal by the pronoun- only to give greater force to my remarks. – Cecilia de Noël by Lanoe Falconer
  8. The doctor said this with an accent on the personal pronoun " I." Kate did not think for a moment that it meant anything more than gallantry, but something: in the tone of his voice made her look into his face. – An I.D.B. in South Africa by Louise Vescelius-Sheldon
  9. The first of these characters, which is really the root- idea of " self," stands here for the pronoun of the first person; the last, which is really the root- idea of " not self," " other," stands for the pronoun of the third person; and the middle character for the root- idea of " love." – China and the Chinese by Herbert Allen Giles
  10. The new arrival, as indicated by the pronoun, was a woman; though why one should tempt Providence by traveling on this route at this juncture, I found it hard to guess. – The Firefly Of France by Marion Polk Angellotti
  11. Who is a pronoun. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  12. There was a general uplifting of heads at the use of the pronoun, and a more fixed concentration of gaze. – The Prince of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
  13. " You was goin' t' help," the fallen bully repeated, with large emphasis on the pronoun. – Darrel of the Blessed Isles by Irving Bacheller
  14. About the same time, or perhaps earlier, the use of the second person singular began to be avoided in polite conversation, by the substitution of the plural verb and pronoun; and, when used in poetry, it was often contracted, so as to prevent any syllabic increase. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  15. If, therefore, the latter part of this definition must be retained, the whole should be written thus: " A Pronoun is a word used in stead of a noun, to prevent too frequent a repetition of it." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  16. " 'T is not our way," he went on, including the yellow mongrel in the pronoun, " to leave undone what we've set our hands and paws to do, eh, Laddie?" – A Spinner in the Sun by Myrtle Reed
  17. N. B.- The second pronoun must be direct object. – Pitman's Commercial Spanish Grammar (2nd ed.) by C. A. Toledano
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