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Reciprocal pronouns in English

Reciprocal pronouns in English (reciprocal pronouns) — the smallest group among the other pronouns. Why is the smallest? Because it includes only two pronouns, namely, each other and one another. Translation of the first — to each other, and the second — the other one.


In English, between the reciprocal pronoun there is a small difference. The pronoun each other refers to the two parties, and one another — for more. But this distinction is often not respected, so we can say that these two reciprocal pronouns in English is practically interchangeable.

They have known each other for five years. — They have known each other for five years.

I guess they love each other. — I think they love each other.

We call each other three times a week. — We talk on the phone (call each other) three times a week.

The two reports contradict each other. — These two reports contradict each other.

Why are they afraid of each other? — Why are they afraid of each other?

Do not you see that they need one another? — Do not you see that they need each other?

The students were whispering to one another during the exam. — Students were whispering to each other during the exam.

My children always help one another. — My kids always help each other.

Why did our ancestors eat one another? — Why did our ancestors ate each other?

What are the reasons why people love one another? — Why do people love each other?

If you need an excuse to use these pronouns, we put it in front of the whole indivisible pronoun, that is, before the words each (with each other) and one (with one another). For example: for each other — for each other; without one another — without each other; from each other — from each other; with one another — each other; upon each other — each other; into one another — each other.

They know everything about each other. — They know everything about each other.

The colors ran into one another. — The colors into one another.

Mary and Kate hit one another. — Mary Kate and beaten each other.

We have no secrets from one another. — We have no secrets from each other.

Reciprocal pronouns in the English language may be used in the form of the possessive case: each other’s and one another’s.

This social net was letting friends spy on each other’s chat. — This social network allows friends to monitor each other’s chat rooms.

They checked each other’s work. — They checked each other’s work.

If we could feel one another’s pain, how would that change us? — If we could feel each other’s pain, how would it change us?

They are cutting one another’s throats. — They are deadly enmity.

 

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