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Pronouns

Summary:

These resources provide guidelines for using pronouns in your writing.

Contributors:Tony Cimasko
Last Edited: 2013-03-22 07:13:47

Pronouns are those short labels that allow you to re-identify a person or thing efficiently, without having to use the original name of the person or thing repeatedly.  Using them effectively takes a bit of practice, however, in order to avoid common problems.  This handout will give a brief overview of pronouns and of common problems associated with their use, along with a practice activity.

This is a comprehensive list of English pronouns, divided into three categories:

In addition to simply standing in for nouns, a number of pronouns—that, who, whom, whose, which, where, when, why—can be used to build larger sentences out of smaller ones:

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