pronoun meaning

  • In linguistics and grammar, a pronoun is a word that substitutes for a noun or noun phrase. Pronouns have traditionally been regarded as one of the parts of speech, The use of pronouns often involves anaphora, where the meaning of the pronoun is dependent on an antecedent.
  • NounPLpronounsPREpro-
    1. (grammar) A type of noun that refers anaphorically 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.
      1. 2013, Nicholas Brownless, Spoken Discourse in Early English Newspapers. In: Joad Raymond (ed.), News Networks in Seventeenth Century Britain and Europe, p.72
      2. As here the possessive pronoun 'our' has inclusive reference in that it a priori includes both the editor and reader, its presense amounts to a kind of pronominal bonding between writer and reader.
      3. 2014, N. M. Gwynne, Gwynne's Latin: The Ultimate Introduction to Latin Including the Latin in Everyday English, Random House (ebook without page numbers) [the italic words were originally bold]
      4. Meus and tuus are called adjectival pronouns – or alternatively possessive adjectives.
      5. 2015, Murray Shukyn & Achim K. Krull & Dale E. Shuttleworth, Cliffsnotes GED Test Cram Plan, 2nd edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, p.140
      6. Pronouns must agree with the nouns they replace. If a pronoun replaces a singular noun, it should itself be singular. For example: I brought my fishing rod. </dd> My and I are both singular and agree with each other. If the subject were plural, it would read: We brought our fishing rods. The plural pronoun our agrees with the plural we.
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • A noun phrase is overspecified when it is used in a context where a pronoun would have been unambiguous.
      • In English, the third person consists of pronouns such as he, she, it, and they, verbs such as is and has, and most nouns.

Meaning of pronoun for the defined word.

Grammatically, this word "pronoun" is a morpheme, more specifically, a prefixe. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Morphemes
      • Prefixes
        • Words by prefix
          • Words prefixed with pro-
      • Nouns
        • Countable nouns
      Difficultness: Level 3
      Easy     ➨     Difficult
      Definiteness: Level 8
      Definite    ➨     Versatile
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