Is Pronoun A Common Noun:7 Facts You Should Know


Here we will discuss ‘is pronoun a common noun’.

The word pronoun is a noun. Grammatically a pronoun is treated in the same way as a noun would be in a sentence. A pronoun is used to avoid the repeat use of nouns. A common noun is a non-specific person, place or thing. Pronouns are treated more like proper nouns than common nouns.

For examples;-

A teacher, a friend, the boy, the man an elephant etc.

  The above common nouns teacher, friend, boy, man, elephant are common nouns. They all take article before them.

The we, a he, a she, the they, the you,

The above pronouns we, he, she, they, you are wrongly take article before them. The fact is that unlike the common nouns pronouns do not take article before them. They stand alone without article before them.

is pronoun a common noun
Is pronoun a common noun

Is pronoun a proper noun?

Proper nouns are the names of particular places, people or things such as Rohit, Papai, Dipika, Sayantan, Rima, Russia, India etc. They are always capitalized. They do not take articles before them. A pronoun is placed in place of noun. It also does not take article before it. Pronoun is the name of a type of word.

Examples;

A Rohit, A Russia ,The Rima, A Sayantan, The Papai.

Articles are wrongly used before the proper nouns Rohit, Russia, Rima, Sayantan and Papai.

A he, the she, the they, a we, the you.

Here the use of articles before the pronouns he, she, they, we and you is wrong like the proper nouns.

Can pronoun be a proper noun?

A pronoun is a type of proper noun. But pronouns are treated differently than nouns. Proper nouns and pronouns are considered nouns. But they do not have all the characteristics of nouns .A proper noun specifically indicates person, place or thing. Pronouns are also identified by person, place or thing .

For example;-

1.Sourav goes to school. He reads in class xi.

Here Ram is the name of a boy. So it is a proper noun and in the next sentence ‘He’ is a pronoun that simply specifies the proper noun ‘Ram’.

2. Oliva is a very good student. She stands first in the class.

Here ’Oliva ‘is a proper noun as it is the name of a girl. ‘she’ is used in place of  ‘Oliva’ and it specifically indicates the name. So in this sense ‘she’ can be treated as a proper noun.

When can pronoun be a proper noun?

It is said that pronoun is called a subcategory of noun. Sometimes pronoun is used as a proper noun. For our better overview of the point the example is discussed here.

‘I’ is generally a pronoun. But when the letter is used as a letter in a sentence it is treated as noun. It is the name of a letter. So it is a proper noun.

‘I’ am reading now.

Here ‘I’ is a pronoun. When ‘I’ is used as the name it is treated as the proper noun.

‘I’ is a vowel. It takes the article ‘an’ before it.

Where can pronoun be a proper noun?

A pronoun can be a proper noun in the field where the concerned pronoun acts as a proper noun does. We can replace a person’s name with the pronoun ‘he’ or ‘she’. The word ‘pro’ means ‘in place of’ or ‘for’. So the pronoun means for the noun. Pronouns can be used likewise as we follow the examples.

Examples;

Sumana gave biscuit to Laltu. becomes She gave it to him.

The above example shows that ‘she’ refers to Sumana and ‘him’ refers to ‘Laltu’. These two pronouns she and him serve as the proper nouns as the proper nouns  Sumana and Laltu work in the sentence.

Kamal Babu teaches Shreya English at home. Becomes He teaches her English.

In this example we find that ‘he’ is used in place of ‘Kamal Babu’ and ‘she  is used for ‘Shreya’. These two pronouns ‘he’ and ‘she’ serve as the proper nouns have the function in the sentence.

Pronoun as proper noun examples;

Pronouns are sometimes used as proper nouns.  As proper nouns are capital letter nouns the pronouns are used as capital letters also. We will see the examples to realize well how pronouns are as proper nouns.

Examples;

  • ‘We and Yours’ is a great book that arouses your interest.
  • ‘I’ is a vowel that takes the article ‘an’ before it.
  • Listen to the Lord HE will show you the way out.
  • The One that Got Away; The Bird that had One Wing’
  • You Are the Love of My Life.
  • ‘The way We Fall’
  • ‘Every Man for Himself’

Pronouns used as proper nouns examples with detailed explanations

‘We and Yours’ is a great book that arouses your interest.

In this example the pronouns ‘we’ and ‘ yours’ are used as the names. Proper nouns are the names that given to the specific person, place or thing. Here in this title of the book pronouns are used as proper nouns. Now it is clear that sometimes pronouns are as proper nouns.

2.‘I’ is a vowel that takes the article ‘an before it.

In this sentence the pronoun ‘I’ is used as a proper noun. Here ‘I’ is the name of English alphabet. As it is the name it is treated as the proper noun. We get the idea that here the pronoun is used as a proper noun.

3.Listen to the Lord He will show you the way out.

In this example we see that the pronoun ‘He’ is used as a proper noun. It refers to the God. It is the proper noun that has all the qualities of being a proper noun.

4.’The One that God Away; The Bird that had One Wing’

In this example ‘One’ acts as a proper noun.It is capitalized and serves the function of a proper noun. So it is evident to us that the use of pronoun in a title acts a proper noun.

5.’You Are the Love of My Life.

In this example the pronouns ‘you’ and ‘my’ are used as the title. They work as nouns. As these are used as names they are treated as proper nouns.

6.’The Way We Fall’.

In this example the pronoun ‘we’ is used as noun. It is the name given to the title. It serves as a proper noun.

7.Every Man for Himself.

In this example the pronouns ‘Every’ and ‘Himself’ are used as names. The pronouns are working as proper nouns.

All the detailed explanations of the examples of pronoun used as proper noun are mentioned above precisely.

Conclusion

Herein this article ’is pronoun a common noun’ is explained with 7 facts. It is revealed that pronouns can be used as nouns in sentences.

Goutam Datta

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