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The pronoun is a word used in place of a noun to avoid repetition and monotony in speech or writing.  In replacing the noun however, the pronoun must reflect gender and number of the noun.

TYPES OF PRONOUN

Pronouns replace noun perfectly and perform the roles the nouns they replace and perform

REFLECTIVE PRONOUN: These pronoun refers to reflect the subject of the sentence and also shows emphasis. They have ‘self’ ending for the singular and ‘selves’ for the plural.

 

Singular                                                                plural

 

First person                       MYSELF                                                OURSELVES

Second person                  YOUSELF                                              YOURSELVES

Third person                      HIMSELF/HERSELF/ITSELF                             THEMSELVES

 

Example:             The man killed himself

I did the work myself

People sometimes talk to themselves

 

RELATIVE PRONOUN: The relative pronoun are used to describe or modify an antecedent noun and also to introduce the subordinate clause to the main clause. The pronouns include WHO, WHOM, WHOSE, WHICH, THAR, WHERE, WHEN AND HOW.

Example:

  1. The man who helped him has come.
  2. The boy whom I told you about is crying.
  • The girl whose father died in an accident wanted to assist me.
  1. I saw the book which he wrote.
  2. She knows the boy that stole the money.
  3. We suspected how it must have happened.
  • That was the time when I came in.
  • Mama went to the place where she first met father

 

 EVALUATION: USE THESE PRONOUNS IN SENTENCES

I               THEY     OURS    HERS     YOURS

 

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See also

VOWEL /ӕ/ and /ӡ:/

PERSONAL AND POSSESSIVES PRONOUN

NASAL SOUND / m n, ɳ/

INFORMAL LETTER

VOWEL CONTRAST /ᴧ/ AND /a:/

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