Article »

7. Reciprocal Pronouns

This article is about 7. Reciprocal Pronouns — enjoy your reading!

Each Other and One Another

We have only two of these pronouns, they come in pairs, and they typically appear as objects: each other and one another. We use them to show some sort of a relationship between two or more people or larger groups. Like this:

The two teams enjoyed the competition between each other.

The reciprocals have possessives, formed by adding “apostrophe ‑s.” Each of these possessive expressions is singular:

Wrong: Juanita and Fred tired of criticizing each others’ political views. Right: Juanita and Fred tired of criticizing each other’s political views.

In formal settings you should use each other to refer to two people or two groups; one another, to three or more. In less formal settings, we use the terms interchangeably.


The two students disliked each other immensely. All the class members disliked one another.


The two students disliked one another immensely.


Previous: 6. Interrogative Pronouns Next: Fear of Using Pronouns

Have a discussion about this article with the community:


Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:


"7. Reciprocal Pronouns." STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 23 Nov. 2017. <>.

Free Writing Tool:

Grammar Checker

Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!

Improve your writing now:

Download Grammar eBooks

It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.