Attributive Pronouns in English
1. The pronoun “all” is a generalizing pronoun that describes a group of persons or objects as a single unit.
Sorry to say, we all forgot about it.
2. The English pronoun “both” indicates two persons or things mentioned earlier. In a sentence it has the function of a subject, a predicate, an object and an attribute.
They are brothers and both of them are students.
3. Pronouns each, every, everybody, everyone, everything.
- Pronouns “each” and “every” indicate all members of a group of persons or things mentioned earlier.
The friends returned from a field trip. Each looked tired and exhausted.
- The pronoun “every” in a sentence could only have the function of an attribute.
We searched through the whole building, every line of it.
- “Everything” could refer to animals, objects or abstract concepts.
Everything is Ok, Isn’t it?
4. The “either” pronoun has two meanings:
1) each of the two;
2) one or the other.
We have two opportunities, either of which is rather promising.
5. Pronouns “other” and “another”.
- The “Other” pronoun indicated an object that differs from the one mentioned earlier. It has a singular form (other) and plural form (others).
If you want to stay here, you should find other excuse.
- The “another” pronoun could mean:
1) the other;
2) one more.
I won’t say another word. That’s enough with me.