Pronouns (literally: ‘for a noun’) have a referring function. There are two ways in which they refer.
- Within a text a pronoun can refer to someone or something mentioned elsewhere in the text, the so-called antecedent. For example, in the following sentence hij refers to Alan earlier in the sentence; Alan is the antecedent.
Alan wil gaan fietsen maar hij heeft een lekke band.
Alan wants to go cycling but he has a puncture.
- But a pronoun can also refer directly to something in the real world, the so-called referent. For example, I may point to someone with a puncture (the referent) and say to you: Hij heeft een lekke band.
Becasue of this referring function, pronouns are important for the cohesion of a text. This course covers the seven most important Dutch pronouns. There are also several exercises.
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- Lectures 15
- Quizzes 0
- Skill level Beginner
- Students 0
- Certificate No
- Assessments Yes
- Personal pronouns
- Personal pronoun exercises
- Possessive pronouns
- Possessive pronoun exercises
- Gender and pronouns
- Stressed and unstressed pronouns
- Reflexive pronouns
- Demonstrative pronouns
- Demonstrative pronoun exercises
- Interrogative pronouns
- Interrogative pronoun exercises
- Relative pronouns
- Relatvie pronoun exercises
- Indefinite pronouns
- Pronouns exercises (advanced)