Origin of pronounaltered (infl. by noun) from Middle French pronom from Classical Latin pronomen from pro, for + nomen, noun
- An example of pronoun is them.
- An example of pronoun is I.
- An example of pronoun is he.
The definition of a pronoun is a part of speech that replaces a noun in a sentence, assigning people or things as the subject.
Gram. any of a small class of relationship or signal words that assume the functions of nouns within clauses or phrases while referring to other locutions within the sentence or in other sentences: I, you, them, it, ours, who, which, myself, anybody, etc. are pronouns
nounAbbr. pron. or pr.
- The part of speech that substitutes for nouns or noun phrases and designates persons or things asked for, previously specified, or understood from the context.
- Any of the words within this part of speech, such as he or whom.
Origin of pronounLate Middle English pronoun, pronoune partial translation of Latin prōnōmen ( translation of Greek antōnumiā interchange of names, pronoun ) prō- pro- nōmen name, noun
- In English the third person singular pronoun is he, she or it.
- In the third example it would be the interrogative pronoun "was."
- The possessive pronoun follows the object.
- When a noun comes first, it is followed by a relative pronoun, thus, Dafydd a brynodd lyfr yno, which really means " (it is) David who bought a book there," and is never used in any other sense in the spoken language, though in literary Welsh it is used rhetorically for the simple statement which is properly expressed by putting the verb first.
- A relative pronoun immediately precedes its verb and can only be separated from it by an infixed pronoun, thus Dafydd a'i prynodd, " (it is) David who bought it," yno y'm gweli, " (it is) there that thou wilt see me."