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5. Pronumele

5.1. Functia pronumelui

Pronumele sunt cuvinte lipsite de inteles de sine statator. Ele nu denumesc si nu caracterizeaza nimic, functia lor fiind aceea de a inlocui un substantiv, facand astfel referire la o idee, obiect sau actiune mentionate anterior sau cunoscuta de catre interlocutor.
Ex.: John did all the work.
He did all the work.
Who did all the work?

5.2. Forma pronumelui

Pronumele au forme specifice in functie de:
Numar: singular - this; plural - these
Caz: Nominativ - she; Genitiv - hers; Dativ - to her; Acuzativ - her
Gen: masculin - he; Feminin - she; neutru - it

Pronumele pot fi simple (you, which, many) sau compuse (everybody, whatever, no one).

5.3. Clasificarea pronumelor

Dupa continut si functie pronumele pot fi:

  1. Personale
  2. Reflexive
  3. Nehotarate
  4. Demonstrative
  5. Relative
  6. De întarire
  7. Interogative
  8. Reciproce
5.3.1. Pronumele personale








(to) me




(to) you




(to) him




(to) her




(to) it





(to) us




(to) you




(to) them


I se scrie intotdeauna cu majuscula.

Its (pronume) nu are apostrof.
It's vine de la it is sau it has!

Forme arhaice si poetice: pers. II sg. - thou, thine, (to) thee

I gave him the book.
He ran the London Marathon.
It's a pleasure to him.
I only played against her once.
These books are ours.
Is this pen yours or mine?

You / They impersonal - putem folosi aceste doua pronume pentru a vorbi despre oameni in general.
Ex.: You have to drive on the other side of the road in Great Britain.
They say she's very clever.

It - poate indeplini o serie de functii de mare importanta:

It impersonal (in expresii impersonale temporale, exprimand starea vremii, distante sau in contructii pasive)
Ex.: It's 7 o'clock.
It was spring.
Is it Monday?
How hot it is!
How far is it to the station?

It demostrativ
Ex.: Who is it? It's the postman.
It's the children.

5.3.2. Pronumele reflexive

Acestea insotesc un verb si se refera la subiect. Se folosesc atunci cand subiectul si complementul direct se refera la aceeasi persoana.

Singular: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself
Plural: ourselves, yourselves, themselves

Ex.: I wanted to do it myself but he insisted on helping me.
She fell off the ladder and injured herself.
You can do these tasks by yourself or with a partner.
After five minutes, it will automatically turn itself down.
Let's buy ourselves a chair for the garden.
They built the house themselves.

5.3.3. Pronumele nehotarate

Some, any, every se pot combina cu -one, -body, -thing pentru a obtine pronumele nehotarate: anyone, anybody, anything, someone, somebody, something, everyone, everybody, everything.

No poate forma impreuna cu -body sau -one pronumele: nobody, no-one.

Atat in engleza britanica cat si in cea americana, pronumele nehotarate anyone, anybody, someone, somebody, everyone, everybody, no-one sunt din punct de vedere gramatical la singular si trebuie folosite cu un verb la singular.

Alte pronume nehotarate:
enough, few, fewer, less, little, many, much, several, more, most, all, both, every, each, any, either, neither, none, some.

De retinut!
Daca acestea forme preceda un substantiv nu mai sunt pronume, ci determinanti substantivali.
Ex.: Few will be chosen; fewer will finish.
Little is expected.

5.3.4. Pronumele demonstrativ

Pronumele demostrative: this, these, that, those, such pot functiona atat ca pronume, cat si ca determinanti substantivali.
Ex.: That is incredible! (referring to something you just saw)
I will never forget this. (referring to a recent experience)
Such is my belief. (referring to an explanation just made)

This si these sugereaza ideea de apropiere temporala sau spatiala, pe cand that si those sugereaza ideea de departare.
Ex.: These (pancakes sitting here now on my plate) are delicious.
Those (pancakes that I had yesterday morning) were even better.
This (book in my hand) is well written; that (book that I'm pointing to, over there, on the table) is trash.

Aceasta idee de departare se poate transforma chiar in dispret sau instrainare afectiva:
Ex.: Are you going to wear these? (They are awful. I do not like them at all.)
Can you belive I would have bought that?

5.3.5. Pronumele relative

Pronumele relativ face referire la un substantiv sau inlocuitor substantival mentionat in contextul aterior (antecedent) si leaga propozitia sau grupul de cuvinte care explica sau da mai multe detalii despre substantivul antecedent de propozitia continand substantivul determinat.

Pronumele relative sunt : who, whoever, which, that.
Ex.: The student who studies hardest usually does the best.

Alegerea corecta dintre which si that se inscrie printre cele mai frecvente nelamuriri ale studentilor la limba engleza. In general, which se foloseste pentru a introduce propozitii care au natura de paranteze, explicatii suplimentare dar care pot fi inlaturate sau omise fara a schimba intelesul frazei. Din acest motiv propozitiile introduse prin which sunt in general intre virgule. Din contra propozitiile introduse de that sunt considerate indispensabile sensului frazei si nu se vor pune intre virgule.

Who si formele sale se refera la persoane, which se refera la lucruri, iar that poate face referire la ambele.
Ex.: The man who hijacked the plane wanted to get to Cuba.
The couple who live next door have the radio on all night.
The team that won the championship received a great reception.
This is the program which won the prize.
We'll plant new trees to replace those which fell.

5.3.6. Pronumele de intarire

Insoteste substantive sau pronume personale pentru a le sublinia. Ca forma sunt identice cu pronumele reflexive:
Singular: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself
Plural: ourselves, yourselves, themselves

Ex.: I myself don't know the answer.
Mary did all this herself.
Mary herself did all this.

Expresii: by myself = singur, de unul singur
Ex.: I worked by myself.
Little Jane read the story by herself.

5.3.7. Pronumele interogativ

Pronumele interogative introduc intrebari, propozitii interogative directe sau indirecte.
Forme: who? what? which? whose? (to) whom?
Ex.: Who said that?
Whose are those books?
I do not remember to whom I gave my sweater.
What happened?
What's the weather like?

5.3.8. Pronumele reciproce

Forme: each other si one another. Se folosesc pentru a exprima relatii de reciprocitate intre fiinte, idei, lucruri.
Ex.: If Bob gave Alicia a book for Christmas and Alicia gave Bob a book for Christmas, we can say that they gave each other books.
My mother and I give each other a hard time.
They borrowed each other's ideas.

De retinut! Each other se refera la doua obiecte, pe cand one another face referire la mai mult de doua obiecte sau fiinte.
Ex.: The scientists in this lab often use one another's equipment.
Hockey players hit one another quite frequently.