any member of a small class of words found in many languages that are used as replacements or substitutes for nouns and noun phrases, and that have very general reference, as I, you, he, this, it, who, what. Pronouns are sometimes formally distinguished from nouns, as in English by the existence of special objective forms, as him for he or me for I, and by nonoccurrence with an article or adjective.
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How to use pronoun in a sentence
They raged that they may be reacting to a riot today, but tomorrow they’ll block you for using the wrong pronouns.The Right’s Message to Silicon Valley: 'Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee' | David French | January 16, 2021 | Time
She and her husband had carefully named their offspring according to family tradition, and now one of them wanted a new name and new pronouns that sounded wrong to Hassouri’s ears.
It can disambiguate pronouns, translate, infer, analogize, and even perform some forms of common-sense reasoning and arithmetic.Welcome to the Next Level of Bullshit - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Raphaël Millière | September 9, 2020 | Nautilus
This is the task of identifying all the proper names in a document and figuring out which pronouns in the text refer to which people or which organizations.
Since the Ghostbusters are a group, they’d be described using the pronoun them.Can You Correct These Grammatically Incorrect Song Lyrics? | Brigid Walsh | August 5, 2020 | Everything After Z
Oh, the heaven and hell wrought by the casual use of a pronoun.
He placed particular emphasis on the pronoun when he spoke the title aloud.
There's UP and US, and UT—an old name for the first (and last) tone, do, and WE (the funnest pronoun) and WO, which is woe.National Scrabble Day: A Poem So You’ll Know All 101 Two-Letter Words | David Bukszpan | April 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pronoun is deliberate: the Sims was one of the first games to be played by women in significant numbers.SimCity Is Smarter Than You (Even If You’re an Urban Planner) | Josh Dzieza | February 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He asks, “What magic is there in the pronoun ‘my,’ that should justify us in overturning the decisions of impartial truth?”Why Favoritism Is Virtuous: The Case Against Fairness | Stephen T. Asma | December 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The subject pronoun, when unemphatic, is not expressed, but understood from the termination of the verb.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
The relative object pronoun is often repeated as a personal pronoun, so that the verb has its object expressed twice.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
The third personal pronoun—he, she, it—in all its cases is especially uncertain in its references.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
That is my excuse for the free use of the personal pronoun, not to make prominent the person, but to emphasize the reality.Silver Chimes in Syria | W. S. Nelson
The disjunctive forms of the pronoun are also sometimes preserved before verbs and adjectives.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for pronoun
one of a class of words that serves to replace a noun phrase that has already been or is about to be mentioned in the sentence or context: Abbreviation: pron
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Cultural definitions for pronoun
A word that takes the place of a noun. She, herself, it, and this are examples of pronouns. If we substituted pronouns for the nouns in the sentence “Please give the present to Karen,” it would read “Please give it to her.”
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