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anaphoric pronoun


a pronoun that refers to an antecedent


communication noun (communicative processes and contents)


anaphoric pronouns

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Princeton WordNet

Definition references



a word or form that substitutes for a noun or noun phrase. It's a particular case of a pro-form. Pronouns have traditionally been regarded as one of the parts of speech, although many modern theorists would not regard them as a single distinct word... (44 of 1503 words)


Oxford Dictionary:


a word that can function as a noun phrase used by itself and that refers either to the participants in the discourse (e.g. I, you) or to someone or ... (29 of 419 words, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)


Collins Dictionary:


one of a class of words that serves to replace a noun phrase that has already been or is about to be mentioned in the sentence or context pron (29 of 351 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:


in English, the part of speech used as a substitute for an antecedent noun that is clearly understood, and with which it agrees in person, number, and ... (27 of 100 words)


Random House Dictionary:

pronoun [grammar]

any member of a small class of words found in many languages that are used as replacements or substitutes for nouns and noun phrases, and that have ... (27 of 76 words, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

pronoun | pron. [abbreviation, sense-specific] | pr. [abbreviation, sense-specific]

The part of speech that substitutes for nouns or noun phrases and ... | Any of the words within this part of speech, such as "he" or "whom". (27 of 72 words, 2 definitions)




any of a small set of words in a language that are used as substitutes for nouns or noun phrases and whose referents are named or understood in the ... (29 of 70 words, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

pronoun [grammar]

any of a small class of relationship or signal words that assume the functions of nouns within clauses or phrases while referring to other locutions ... (25 of 61 words)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

pronoun [countable, linguistics] | pronouns [plural]

a word used instead of a noun for referring to a person or thing that has been mentioned earlier, for example "she", "they", "that", and "yourself" (26 of 53 words, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

pronoun | pronominal [adjective, specialized, derived]

a word which is used instead of a noun or a noun phrase (13 of 44 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)



pronoun [grammar] | pronouns [plural] | pro-form [type of]

A type of noun that refers anaphorically to another noun or noun phrase, but which cannot ordinarily be preceded by a determiner and rarely takes an attributive adjective. English examples include I, you, him, who, me, my, each other. (39 of 41 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

pronoun | pronouns [plural] | pr. [grammar, abbreviation]

a word that substitutes for a noun or a noun phrase, e.g. "I," "you," "them," "it," "ours," "who," "which," "myself," and "anybody." English pronouns ... (24 of 72 words, pronunciation)

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