Are pronouns considered nouns?

1 Answer
Feb 4, 2016

No, but they can do everything nouns can.


A pronoun can substitute for a noun. They both have many uses, since they can be:

Take a look at this example:

Julius Caesar was a Roman statesman.

Julius Caesar is a proper noun here. However, it can be replaced with a pronoun without changing the meaning of the sentence. The pronoun he can be used:

He was a Roman statesman.

This can also be shown in an example where the noun and pronoun aren't the subject of the sentence:

I read the poem by Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou is a proper noun and the object of the preposition. It can be replaced with the prepositional pronoun her.

I read the poem by her.