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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Generally uses masculine pronouns (e.g., “he” or “his”) or gender neutral pronouns.What Each of Facebook’s 51 New Gender Options Means | Debby Herbenick PhD, Aleta Baldwin | February 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Generally uses female pronouns (e.g., “she” or “her”) or gender neutral pronouns.What Each of Facebook’s 51 New Gender Options Means | Debby Herbenick PhD, Aleta Baldwin | February 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's safest to de-gay fresh anecdotes you've actually experienced, but it's a lot trickier than swapping out pronouns.
He changed the pronouns in the last two lines, for always it was morning when they met, night when they bade farewell.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
In its conjugations, the pronouns are incorporated with the verb, either as prefixes or suffixes.
In compound words the mere signs of the first and second pronouns, N and K, are employed.
The scheme of the pronouns is very complete, and provides for nearly all the recondite distinctions of person.
Provision defining the words and phrases, and covering all tenses, pronouns and both sexes.
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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