Hey, Sparkle Writers! Today on grammar series, we will be looking at pronouns. Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns in sentences.
Example: John is in love with his wife (The pronoun ‘his’ replaced the noun ‘John’).
However, our focus will be on a special kind of pronoun: reciprocal pronouns.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘reciprocal?’
Reciprocal is a word used to describe the relationship in which two or more people or groups of people agree to do something similar for each other.
Reciprocal pronoun, on the other hand, is a pronoun that involves an exchange between two or more people. If each of two or more subjects are acting in the same way towards the other, reciprocal pronouns are used.
There are two reciprocal pronouns in English and they are each other and one another. ‘Each other’ is used when two people or two groups are involved in the exchange. ‘One another’ is used when the exchange involves more than two people or groups.
The following examples will clarify the usage of both reciprocal pronouns.
The two maids cleaned each other.
The twin boys made a promise to each other.
The couple sang a song to each other.
The seven dwarfs gossiped with one another until Snow white opened her eyes.
The angels discussed the rebellion of Lucifer with one another.
That’s it on grammar for the week. Till next Tuesday!