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Adjective Pronouns

1. Some men are wise and some are foolish.

In this sentence the word some is used both as an adjective and as a pronoun.

Words used like some in the proposition some are foolish are called adjective pronouns.

An adjective pronoun is an adjective used as a pronoun.

The adjective pronouns are:

1. Each, either, and neither, which relate to objects taken singly.

1. Each carried an old flint lock.

2. Either will answer his purpose.

3. Neither came at the time appointed.

Each may refer to two or more than two. Each refers to all the individuals of a class taken separately.

Either means one of the two. Neither means not one of the two.

2. This, these, that, those.

1. This was all that need be said.

2. These are all that we have.

3. That was all he could do.

4. Those came too late for the train.

When this and that or these and those are used in referring to two objects, this and these should refer to the nearer, the last mentioned, or the present; and that and those to the more distant, the first mentioned, or the absent.

3. One, none, some, any, aught, naught, other, several, certain, all, few, and their various compounds.

1. One was taken, the other left.

2. None of his friends deserted him. 8. Some arrived before dawn.

4. If any had known him in his boyhood none now recognized him.

5. Have ye aught to eat?

6. All his efforts came to naught.

7. All started together, but several soon lagged behind.

8. Few will part where many meet.

9. He did not meet any one.

10. Each one did his utmost to win the game.

11. Not though the soldiers knew some one had blundered.

Any one, each one, some one, and the like are equivalent in their use to compounds of one.

1. He infused some of his enthusiasm into his companions.

2. Some were bright and some were dull.

Some is both singular and plural.

1. The sisters, Mary and Jane, love each other.

2. Classmates should respect the rights of one another.

Each other should be used in speaking of two only; one another, in speaking of more than two.

Pronouns have the same properties as nouns; viz., person, number, gender, and case.


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