Posted by: episystechpubs | December 9, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Pronoun Study, Part II

Today’s Lesson: Pronouns, Part II

Today we’re continuing with more common pronoun types from Daily Writing Tips.

1. Reflexive pronouns. This special class of pronouns is used when the object is the same as the subject in the sentence. They are myself, yourself, himself, herself, ourselves, themselves, and itself.

Example: I managed to cut myself in the kitchen.

KC: This is often misused. Here are some incorrect uses and quick tips.

· Please contact Bob, Dinah, or myself.
Tip: What would you say if you were the only contact? Please contact me.

The correct sentence is: Please contact Bob, Dinah, or me.

· Sonny, his kids, and myself are going to the circus.
Tip: What would you say if you were the only one going to the circus? I am going to the circus.

The correct sentence is: Sonny, his kids, and I are going to the circus.

2. Interrogative pronouns. As you probably guessed, these pronouns are used to ask questions. They are what, which, who, whom, and whose.

Example: What are the odds?

KC: For some tips on who and whom, see this previous Editor’s Corner.

3. Demonstrative pronouns. These pronouns are used to indicate a noun and distinguish it from other entities. Notice that demonstrative pronouns replace the noun (while demonstrative determiners modify them). They are: this, that, these, and those.

Example of a demonstrative determiner: This house is ugly.
Example of a demonstrative pronoun: This is the right one.

KC: To be clear in your writing, make sure you’ve already told us what this, that, these, or those are, before you use the pronoun.

4. Indefinite pronouns. As the name implies, indefinite pronouns do not refer to a specific thing, place, or person. There are many of them, including anyone, anywhere, everyone, none, someone, etc.

Example: Everyone is going to the party.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory


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