Reciprocal pronouns are types of pronouns in which the action is performed and received by two or more persons alike such that all persons receives the consequences or benefits of the action simultaneously.
In other words, reciprocal pronouns indicate that two or more than two people are performing an action of some type with each of the person involved receiving the benefits or consequences of the action at the same time.
Reciprocal pronouns expresses a mutual relationship, which is a two-way communication. Types of exchanges could be mutual actions, giving and returning something and doing something to each other.
Reciprocal pronouns may seem to have similarity with reflexive pronouns but are totally different in the meaning they convey.
There are only two types of Reciprocal pronouns namely:-
- Each other - When exchange is happening between two persons such that action or thing is performed and received by both towards each other
- One another - When exchange is happening between more than two persons such that the exchange happens among all the persons involved.
Benefits of reciprocal pronouns -
- Reciprocal pronouns helps in avoiding repetition in the sentence.
- Reciprocal pronouns are useful when a general idea has to be expressed more than once.
Features of reciprocal pronouns -
- Easy to use
Some examples of reciprocal pronouns are -
- John and Mary hugged each other while leaving from the airport.
- The team players shook hands of one another after the game was over.