Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal Pronouns:

Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal Pronouns are used when two or more nouns express a mutual or reciprocal action in a sentence.

The Reciprocal Pronouns are ‘each other’ and ‘one another.’ 

The main purpose of using these pronouns is to stop unnecessary repetition in a sentence and show the collective and reciprocal action that happens between two or more persons or things.

For Example:

  • Ramu hated Hari and Hari hated Ramu. 
  • Ramu and Hari hated each other.


  • Raju helped Harish. Harish helped Ricky. Ricky helped Raju.
  • Raju, Harish, and Ricky helped one another.

 

Just observe the above sentences, how we have written in a better way by using ‘each other’ and ‘one another.’

 

When to use Reciprocal Pronouns:

  • There must be two or more people, things or groups reciprocating the action.
  • They must be performing the same action.
  • Reciprocal pronouns can not be used with I, you, he, she and it because there must be multiple nouns or pronouns to reciprocate the action.

 

Use of ‘Each Other’ and ‘One Another’:

Each Other: When the antecedent of a Reciprocal Pronoun refers to two things in a sentence, we use each other.  

Example Sentences:

  • The two brothers always cooperate with each other.
  • Kiran and Karuna helped each other in the exam.
  • Friends are kind to each other in case of need.
  • The wife and husband love each other.
  • The partners never believe each other.
  • We haven’t seen each other for a long time.
  • We gave each other so many gifts.
  • The boys like to throw the ball to each other.

 

One Another: When the antecedent of a Reciprocal Pronoun refers to more than two things in a sentence, we use one another.  

Example Sentences:

  • The family members always quarrel with one another.
  • The company directors fought one another last night.
  • Friends are kind to one another in case of need.
  • The employees started blaming one another.
  • People depended on one another during the pandemic.
  • The players congratulated one another after winning the match.

 

Reciprocal Pronouns in Possessive Form:

 

Possessive Forms of Reciprocal Pronouns can be formed by adding the apostrophe + ‘s’ at the end of Reciprocal Pronouns.

Example Sentences:

  • The two brothers promised to use each other’s bikes.
  • Have you verified each other’s essays?

 

  • The students are not allowed to wear one another’s dresses.
  • Why don’t you consider one another’s proposals?

 

Reciprocal Pronouns Exercises:

  1. The two lovers kissed ____________________ and left.
  2. The parents talked to ____________________ in a serious manner.
  3. Roja and her sister like ___________________.
  4. The two friends sent ___________________beautiful gifts on their birthdays.
  5. All the directors consulted with ______________ to make a decision.
  6. The three friends checked their bags _______________.
  7. The colony people warned _____________for a small cause.
  8. There is a traffic jam.  Several vehicles are hitting __________.
  9. Why don’t the wife and husband respect ________________.
  10. Both the players challenged with _________________.
  11. Why are the two girls fighting with _______________.
  12. All the staff in our school share everything with ______________
  13. Most of the old students keep themselves in touch with _____________.
  14. All the students in the school  celebrated with _______________.
  15. All the teachers sent greetings to__________________.
  16. The students in our school play cricket against ________________.
  17. Most of the students copied _________________ in the maths exam.
  18. The two friends are competing with _______________.
  19. This community people like _____________________.
  20. Why don’t you both support and admire ___________.

 

Answers:

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