Pronoun FAQs:


Q: Is a pronoun dependent on an antecedent?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a pronoun pronominal?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a pronoun dependent on another referential element?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pronouns used to indicate possession?

A: Yes, Some occur as independent noun phrases: mine, yours, hers, ours, yours, theirs.

Q: Is a pronoun described there as "a part of speech substitutable for a noun and marked for a person"?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a pronoun often the same as that of a preceding noun phrase?

A: Yes, and called the antecedent of the pronoun.

Q: Are pronouns used without antecedents in free relative clauses?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pronouns used to refer to members of a group separately rather than collectively?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pronouns less likely to be considered to be a single word class?

A: Yes, because of the many different syntactic roles that they play, as represented by the various different types of pronouns listed in the previous sections.

Q: Are pronouns used when a person or thing acts on itself?

A: Yes, for example, John cut himself.

Q: Are pronouns often identical or similar in form to determiners with related meaning?

A: Yes, some English examples are given in the table on the right.

Q: Are pronouns sometimes used without antecedents – this applies to special uses such as dummy pronouns and generic they?

A: Yes, as well as cases where the referent is implied by the context.

Q: Are pronouns used in an indefinite sense: You can't buy good old-fashioned bulbs these days?

A: Yes.

Q: Are pronouns nearly identical?

A: Yes.