Reciprocal Pronouns are mostly used when each of the two or more subjects acts in the same manner towards the subject.
For example: Let us consider that I am writing a letter to my friend and she is writing back to me, so we will say that ‘We both are writing to each other.’
In reciprocal pronouns, the action gets ‘reciprocated’, as the name of the pronoun suggests. Kevin messages Sara and Sara replies back, I surprise you and you surprise me back. We love dogs and the dogs love us back.
Reciprocal pronouns are just two words which are ‘each other’ and ‘one another‘.
While using reciprocal pronouns, remember that there must be two or more people, things, groups. Ensure that reciprocal pronouns are not used with singular pronouns like I, you, he, she, it. Along with this, ensure that the same thing is happening between the two of them.
Let us understand with some examples:
- David and Kevin hate each other.
- Luke and I adore each other.
- All the teachers were happy with one another.
- The politicians were blaming one another.
- Both of them fought against each other.
- We gave each other surprises.
- We can’t visit each other.
- The cars bumped against each other due to the accident.
As you can see in the examples given above, have you noticed that the words ‘each other’ have been used more frequently than that of ‘one another’. This has happened because usually, we use words like ‘one another’ which sounds a bit formal as compared to using ‘each other’ which sounds friendly and informal.
Complete the exercise questions on paper or in a book and keep them for your future reference.
- Reciprocal nouns can be used when each of the two or more people act in ______ way towards each other. (same, different, opposite)
- In Reciprocal pronouns, the action gets ________. (interpreted, reciprocated)
- ‘David and Kevin hate each other’ is an example of Reciprocal pronoun. (True/False)