Pronouns

Functions of pronouns

The name pronoun (pro = Latin 'for') suggests that pronouns are used to stand in for nouns. This is, indeed, one of the functions that pronouns have, but they are also used to perform other duties.

Some pronouns can function as determiners in noun phrases (e.g. many cars), while others are used as independent quantifiers (e.g. everybody). Here we discuss just a few of the many pronoun classes, namely the following: