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pronoun

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pronoun a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pronoun (Gram) A word used instead of a noun or name, to avoid the repetition of it. The personal pronouns in English are I thou or you he she it we ye, and they.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pronoun In grammar, a word used instead of a noun to avoid the repetition of it; a demonstrative word, pointing to a person or thing, but not describing it otherwise than by designating position, direction, relation to the speaker, or the like; one of a small body of words, in Indo-European and other families of language, coming from a few roots, different from those from which come in general verbs and nouns, and having the office of designating rather than describing: they are believed to have borne an important part in the development of inflective structure in language. They are divided into various classes: personal (doubtless originally demonstrative), as I, thou, he, etc.; possessive, which are the adjective forms of the personal, as my, thy, his, etc.; demonstrative, as this, that, etc.; interrogative, as who, what, etc.; relative (which are always either demonstratives or interrogatives with changed office, implying an antecedent to which they refer or relate), as that, which, who, etc.; and indefinite, which are of various meaning, and shade off into ordinary nouns, as each, either, some, any, such, etc. Abbreviated pr., pron.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pronoun prō′nown a word used instead of a noun
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. pro-, + noun,: cf. F. pronom, L. pronomen,. See Noun

Usage

In literature:

It is the pronoun "I" and it stands for, speaks and acts for, all else in us.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
My 17, 3, 21, 7 = an interrogative pronoun.
"Little Folks (November 1884)" by Various
Mrs. Delancy misunderstood the final pronoun, for the articulation of the girl, clogged by feeling, was none too distinct.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
Pronouns refer back, and they point forward.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
My 1, 5, 3 is a pronoun.
"Harper's Young People, January 13, 1880" by Various
There a pronoun was enough, as, indeed, incipient Love generally finds it.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
He explained to the smiling child the nature of a verb, a pronoun, and a substantive.
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth
The verb and pronoun of the 1st per.
"Elements of Gaelic Grammar" by Alexander Stewart
My 6, 5, 11 is a pronoun.
"Harper's Young People, May 4, 1880" by Various
There are fifteen Pronouns.
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
But the truth of it would have been infinitely more sure had the pronoun been singular.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
A transparent fraud, for the possessive pronoun does not always sound alike.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
PRONOUNS, masculine and feminine, 982, 983, 990.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
But I notice that you used the plural pronoun when you spoke.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
The perfect transport of its first blossoming could not quite return; the pronoun "my" was not again paraded.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
In the pronouns there is one form only in the plural, and that is feminine.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Account for the form of the pronoun!
"Aus meinem Königreich" by Carmen Sylva
How do you account for the change in the pronoun from "he" to "we"?
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
There is no relative pronoun.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Many of the above absolute pronouns were almost obsolete even in the Old Kingdom.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
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In poetry:

Sir Substantive, that man of might,
Felt knightly anger rise;
For he had marked Sir Pronoun's flight
With no approving eyes.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
Now when Sir Pronoun look'd abroad,
And spied the coming train,
He left his fort beside the road,
And ran with might and main.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
Joe who listed pronouns,
Helen who loved men,
Sebastian who ruined himself,
Arthur who never said anything,
set off for eternity.
"Dawn" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
"Great Substantive, my sovereign liege!"—
Thus sad Sir Pronoun cried,
—"When you had fallen in furious siege,
Could I the shock abide?"
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
The Noun and Verb he scatters without End
And Adjectives to Pronouns Horror lend -
Ah, fumid Pipe, I thank you hour by hour
That you have never learned to talk, my Friend!
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Two cloth-yard shafts from I and U,
Went forth with whizzing sound:
Like lightning sped the arrows true;
Sir Pronoun pressed the ground:
But darts of science ever flew
To conquer, not to wound.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock

In news:

In a new book, James Pennebaker argues that people reveal vast amounts of information about themselves through their use of pronouns.
If I were going to write a whole book about a part of speech, I'm not sure I'd go for pronouns.
They (Kneena prefers them/they pronouns) has been involved with the Really, Really Free Market, Girls Rock Camp, and We Are Family.
In the public library on a warm May evening, Teresa Puga takes a class of four Latina women and one man through English pronouns and verbs.
In progressive, inclusive circles, you are not to call Him by any pronoun.
"Many more female pronouns compared to male pronouns are being used in that time when women are gaining status through participating in the workforce, earning university degrees, and marrying at a later age," she says.
So while it's true that the pop star's song "You and I" should, in the interest of proper use of personal pronouns, be "You and Me," it's also true that the problem hardly originates with her.
Sweden's New Gender-Neutral Pronoun : Hen.
Though Google created the "other" option for privacy reasons rather than as a transgender choice, young supporters of preferred gender pronouns (or P.G.P.
They've even added a new pronoun to the Swedish dictionary "hen" instead of the traditional "han" for a boy and "hon" for a girl.
Focusing, as discussed by ( as well as the closely related concept of centering, as discussed by ), provides a powerful tool for pronoun resolution.
Our choice of pronouns gives clues about how we think about humans, animals, and corporations.
Indiana Republican US Senate candidate Richard Mourdock Oh, you vexing pronouns and wandering.
And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen …Indiana Republican US Senate candidate Richard Mourdock Oh, you vexing pronouns and.
Hello, pronoun are you singular .
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In science:

Length of the word: Length of the word is set to 1 if it is greater than 3 otherwise, it is set to 0. Very short words are generally pronouns and rarely proper nouns.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger
In this paper, we look at the generation of oneanaphoric expressions, and consider how such an ability might be situated within a system that can generate pronouns and definite noun phrases.
Generating One-Anaphoric Expressions: Where Does the Decision Lie?
First, the user selects the text, the actors to be zoned, and finally the window size, which consists of a list of potential candidates for the pronoun resolution.
CoZo+ - A Content Zoning Engine for textual documents
The engine consists of several modules that process incoming texts by firstly removing any formats, resolving pronouns to his corresponding actor, and finally outputs the texts including the zones.
CoZo+ - A Content Zoning Engine for textual documents
This also makes sense: if you cannot drop pronouns, then one usually will mark possession on the pronoun, not the head noun.
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
Pronouns and Noun can come before and between verbs and Adverbs are only associated with Verbs (they do not appear in any other network role).
Supervised Blockmodelling
The second sentence is comprised of the judge’s second sentence, with pronouns transposed, and preceded by the introductory “Why do you need to tell me”.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
For instance, a naive application of pronoun transposition interacts poorly with tag questions like “aren’t you”.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
The partial proof net associated with an ob ject relative pronoun who.
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions
Figure 3 shows the partial proof net associated with a relative pronoun.
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions
Thus a relative pronoun is analysed as something which provides a WH resource to its right and consumes the S that it appears in.
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions
His grammar assigns a single type to relative pronouns, rather than the two types used here.
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions
Most of the Class 5 utterances are both UtteranceType=’d’ and Sub jectType=’i’ (first person pronoun) utterances.
A Machine Learning Approach to the Classification of Dialogue Utterances
Some others have Sub jectType=’t’ (demonstrative pronoun) instead of ’i’.
A Machine Learning Approach to the Classification of Dialogue Utterances
This paper1 describes an evaluation of a focus-based approach to pronoun resolution (not anaphora in general), based on an extension of Sidner’s algorithm (Sidner, 1981) proposed in (Azzam, 1996), with further refinements from development on real-world texts.
Evaluating a Focus-Based Approach to Anaphora Resolution
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