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Pronoun - Pronom - French Grammar + Pronunciation Glossary


Definition: A pronoun is a word that substitutes for a noun. French pronouns usually have to agree with the gender, number, and/or person of the nouns they replace.

Types of pronoun:

Pronouns can be divided into personal pronouns and impersonal pronouns, and from there into multiple types: possessive pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, interrogative pronouns, etc. Any word that meets all of these requirements is probably a pronoun:

1) Answers the question "who" or "what"

2) Is not capitalized (except at the beginning of a sentence)

3) Cannot be used with an article (except for possessive pronouns, which include an article, e.g., le mien)

Related lessons: French pronouns - Parts of speech

Related terms: noun - agreement - personal pronoun - impersonal pronoun

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