Defining pronouns

June 13th, 20122:17 am


Defining pronouns

Defining pronouns are all, each, every, everybody, everyone, everything, either, both, other, another. On the whole, the defining pronouns may be fur­ther subdivided into those having a generalizing meaning (all, each, every, everybody, everyone, everything) and those pointing out one of the two per­sons, things, etc. (either, both, other, another).

The defining pronouns are characterized by quite diverse properties. For example, the pronouns everybody and everyone point out a person and have the form of the possessive case everybody’s and everyone’s everything may refer only to non-persons; the rest of the defining pronouns do not differenti­ate between person and non-person. The defining pronoun other, apart from the category of case, also has the category of number, singular other and plural – others.

Syntactically, these pronouns may be used in all the functions peculiar for nominal parts of speech, i.e. as subject, object and attribute.

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