Different Kinds of Pronouns

Demonstrative Pronouns
These pronouns are used to demonstrate (or indicate). This, that, these and those are all demonstrative pronouns.

Indefinite Pronouns
Unlike demonstrative pronouns, which point out specific items, indefinite pronouns are used for non-specific things.
This is the largest group of Pronouns.

All, some, any, several, anyone, nobody, each, both, few, either, none, one and no one are the most common.
Interrogative Pronouns
These pronouns are used in questions. Although they are classified as pronouns, it is not easy to see how they replace nouns. Who, which, what, where and how are all interrogative pronouns.

Personal Pronouns
The personal pronouns are I, you, he, she, it, we, they, and who. More often than not (but not exclusively), they replace nouns representing people. When most people think of pronouns, it is the personal pronouns that usually spring to mind.
Possessive Pronouns
Possessive pronouns are used to show possession. As they are used as adjectives, they are also known as possessive adjectives. My, your, his, her, its, our and their are all possessive pronouns.

Relative Pronouns
Relative pronouns are used to add more information to a sentence. Which, that, who (including whom and whose) and where are all relative pronouns
Absolute Possessive Pronouns
These pronouns also show possession. Unlike possessive pronouns (see above), which are adjectives to nouns, these pronouns sit by themselves. Mine, yours, his, hers, ours and theirs are all absolute possessive pronouns.

Reciprocal Pronouns
Reciprocal pronouns are used for actions or feelings that are reciprocated. The two most common reciprocal pronouns are each other and one another.

Reflexive Pronouns
A reflexive pronoun ends …self or …selves and refers to another noun or pronoun in the sentence.
The reflexive pronouns are: myself, yourself, herself, himself, itself, ourselves, yourselves and themselves.

Intensive (or Emphatic) Pronouns
An intensive pronoun (sometimes called an emphatic pronoun) refers back to another noun or pronoun in the sentence to emphasize it.
An interjection is sometimes expressed as a single word or non-sentence phrase, followed by a punctuation mark. The isolated usage of an interjection does not represent a complete sentence in conventional English writing. Thus, in formal writing, the interjection will be incorporated into a larger sentence clause.

  • Ahem- The sound of someone clearing their throat and means “attention” or “listen”
  • Aah – This is used as a call for help or when someone is scared
  • Boo – Used to scare someone or to voice disapproval
  • Eh – This is used when you didn’t hear or understand what someone said
  • Hmm – This can mean you are thinking or hesitating
  • Oops – An exclamation people use when they accidentally do something
  • Whoa – This can show surprise or amazement
  • Yahoo – Expresses joy or happiness
  • Yeah – This shows a very strong affirmation or approval
  • Yoo-hoo – This is used to get someone’s attention and is usually used by women
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