Other Kinds of Pronouns
Some kinds of pronouns perform special functions in sentences.
Type of pronoun Function Example
reflexive reflects action back upon the subject of its sentence or clause myself
intensive emphasizes a noun or pronoun in the same sentence herself
demonstrative points out specific persons, places, things, or ideas that, those
indefinite refers to unidentified persons, places, things, or ideas each, most
interrogative introduces a question who, what
relative introduces a subordinate clause who, that
Underline all the pronouns in the following sentences.
1. While walking through the zoo’s rain forest, I myself saw the anaconda slither under a
2. The gibbons amused themselves by swinging from tree to tree.
3. This is the largest bison in our zoo.
4. Many of the visitors were awed by the new aquarium.
5. Who is going to view the snake display?
6. Peacock feathers themselves are things of beauty.
7. Luckily, the animals seem undisturbed by the large number of people who come to see
8. Reuben looked for the aardvarks, but there were none.
9. Which is larger, the gorilla or the orangutan?
10. The curator, who oversees the animals, is usually a highly-trained zoologist.
11. Everyone entering the insect display was given a magnifying glass.
12. Melissa startled herself when she suddenly came upon the Komodo dragon.
13. Several of the zebras were thundering across the savanna area.
14. The veterinarian herself is responsible for the medical needs of the animals.
15. Animals that roam the grasslands include giraffes, zebras, and lions.
16. Is this a bighorn sheep or an ibex?
17. A trained zookeeper himself is directly responsible for the animals under his care.
18. What are the jaguars eating?
19. A colorful macaw was grooming itself high atop the palm tree.
20. The tracks of the ocelot differ from those of the lynx.
21. Whose was the idea of making zoos more naturalistic?
22. The platypus, whose appearance Is quite unusual, is a native of Australia.
23. Often we can see ourselves reflected in the antics of the monkeys.
24. One of the pandas was eating a bamboo shoot.
25. Bactrian camels are over there; these are the Dromedaries.
26. The magnificent lion carried himself with grace and dignity.
Other Kinds of Pronouns
A. Identifying Kinds of Pronouns
Identify the boldfaced pronoun in each of the following sentences by writing reflexive, intensive,
demonstrative, indefinite, interrogative, or relative on the line.
1. Which is the oldest zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo or Central Park Zoo in
2. Kodiak bears sunned themselves on the towering rocks.
3. Those are grizzlies, an especially vicious type of bear.
4. Karl Hagenbeck, who was a German animal dealer, developed the
idea of placing zoo animals behind moats.
5. About 200 years ago, anyone with money could establish a zoo.
6. You yourself could ride on the back of a giant tortoise.
7. Few of the earliest zoos made the preservation of animal species a
8. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is a small zoo in Tuscon,
contains native plants and animals.
9. Where are the wallabies that look so much like kangaroos?
10. The watchful mother quail guarded the babies herself.
B. Using Pronouns
Complete each sentence with the type of pronoun specified in parentheses. Write the pronoun on
Example. When the foul ball dropped into the stands, (indefinite)
many of the fans tried to catch it.
1. Gloria found (reflexive) dreading the visit to the dentist.
2. (indefinite) in the school band practiced daily for the spring concert.
3. The doughnuts baked today are fresher than (demonstrative) .
4. Rodney, (relative) is running for class president, plastered posters all over
5. To (interrogative) does the red convertible belong?
3 Other Kinds of Pronouns
A. Writing with Pronouns
Write six sentences about zoos and the animals you might see there. In each sentence, use the
type of pronoun indicated in parentheses. Underline the required pronoun in each sentence.
1. (indefinite pronoun)
2. (demonstrative pronoun)
3. (interrogative pronoun)
4. (reflexive pronoun)
5. (relative pronoun)
6. (intensive pronoun)
B. Proofreading and Revising
Decide which pronouns have been used incorrectly in the paragraph below. Then rewrite the
paragraph correctly below.
As you cautiously wind your way on the narrow path through thick vines, you suddenly
find oneself face to face with a python dozing in a hollow log. You are not in the Amazon
jungle; that is the rain forest exhibit at a modern zoo. Zoos itself have changed
dramatically since they were first established in ancient times. Once mainly a display
who showcased a ruler’s wealth and power, zoos have become more animal centered
and people friendly. Veterinarians whom specialize in the care of wild animals have
become an integral part of zoo staffs. Trained zoologists that study diseases and
habitats have improved the quality of life for both of the animals. As animals face
extinction in the wild, the zoo has become a place who successfully breeds threatened
species. Whom can predict what new ideas and technologies are in store for zoos in the