pronoun

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pro- +‎ noun, modeled on Middle French pronom, from Latin pronomen, itself a calque of Ancient Greek ἀντωνυμία ‎(antōnumía).

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pronoun ‎(plural pronouns)

  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.
    2013, Nicholas Brownless, Spoken Discourse in Early English Newspapers. In: Joad Raymond (ed.), News Networks in Seventeenth Century Britain and Europe, p.72
    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.
    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]
    Meus and tuus are called adjectival pronouns – or alternatively possessive adjectives.
    2015, Murray Shukyn & Achim K. Krull & Dale E. Shuttleworth, Cliffsnotes GED Test Cram Plan, 2nd edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, p.140
    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.
    My and I are both singular and agree with each other. If the subject were plural, it would read: We brougt our fishing rods. The plural pronoun our agrees with the plural we.

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