Noun vs. Pronoun

Difference Between Noun and Pronoun

While both Nouns and pronouns belong to the eight parts of speech in English Grammar they have their own set of differences. Their usage makes them stand apart.

While a pronoun substitutes a noun, the work of a noun is to indicate a person, or a thing, or a place.

Pronouns are sub-divided into the following subdivisions.

1. Demonstrative pronouns- ‘This’ and ‘that’

2. Relative pronouns- who

3. Interrogative pronouns- which

4. Reflexive pronouns- myself

5. Reciprocal pronouns- each other

6. Indefinite pronouns –anyone

There are various kinds of nouns

1. Proper nouns- Australia

2. Count nouns- trees

3. Non-count nouns-

4. Collective nouns- Group

5. Pluralia tantum – a pair of trousers

6. Compound nouns – blackboard

There are three cases of nouns-

Nominative (it deals with the subject of the sentence)

Objective and possessive (both of them deal with the object of the sentence)

As far as pronouns are concerned, personal pronouns are used often. Some of the examples of personal pronouns are you, me, him etc.

Now we come to the point where the most striking difference between the two lies. When nouns are used in the nominative and objective cases, they look similar. Let us have more examples. ‘Rudy ate a banana. In this example the word ‘banana’ is used in the objective case. ‘The rain falls from the sky. Here the word ‘rain’ is used in the nominative case.  We can see that there is no huge difference between the two.

However pronouns are different in the sense they look different when used in the nominative and objective cases. As for example in the sentence ‘I played a game the word ‘I’ is used in the nominative case. However in the sentence ‘He treats me like a child the word ‘me’ is used in the objective case. However we can see that ‘I’ got changed into ‘me’ when it was used in the objective case. Thus the two forms look quite different from each other.


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