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Pronouns - Definition, Overview, and Lists of Examples

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Table of Contents

Pronouns - Words Substituting for Words
Seven Varieties of Pronouns
1. Personal Pronouns
Person - Three People
Number - Singular or Plural
Case - Subjective, Objective, Possessive
Gender - Masculine, Feminine, Neuter
Table of Personal Pronouns
Your and Its
Antecedents - Placement of Pronouns
Antecedents - Number and Gender
Sexist Writing
Sexism - Proposed Solution
Sexism - Other Solutions
2. Reflexive Pronouns - The -self Words
2. Intensive Pronouns - The -self Words
3. Indefinite Pronouns
4. Demonstrative Pronouns
5. Relative Pronouns
Whose and Of Which
Who, Whom, Whose
That Can Refer to People
That vs. Which
6. Interrogative Pronouns
7. Reciprocal Pronouns
Fear of Using Pronouns
A Summary of Pronouns


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