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There are only two reciprocal pronounseach other and one another. The reciprocal pronouns are used to express a relationship in which the same thing is done by each of two parties towards the other or more parties towards others. For example, Jack is smiling at Jill and Jill is smiling at Jack. This is the same as Jack and Jill are smiling at each other. The smile is reciprocated by the other.

 

The reciprocal pronouns refer mostly to people, but they can also be applied to animals or things. Each other is usually used when writing or speaking about two people or things. For more than two people or things, one another is generally used, but it is not a rule that must be strictly followed.

 

 

A reciprocal pronoun is used to shorten a long sentence by not repeating the same action done by two or more people.

 

Examples:

  • Ray is waving to Roy and Roy is waving to Ray.
    Ray and Roy are waving to each other.

 

The subject has to be plural for the reciprocal pronouns to be used

 

Examples:

  • The twin brothers often argue with each other.
  • Adam and Eve have been writing to each other for years.
  • The few puppies chased one another across the field.
  • At the meeting, they consulted one another.

 

Reciprocal pronouns can be objects of verb

 

Examples:

  • This is the tenth year that you and I have known each other.
  • Before they began talking, they bowed to one another.

 

Reciprocal pronoun following preposition (at, with)

 

Examples:

  • No one knows why they are shouting at each other.
  • They realized it would be much easier if they all cooperated with one another.

 

Reciprocal pronouns in possessive case

 

Examples:

  • The couple whispered in each other's ears. 
  • The two old monkeys are seen scratching each other's heads.
  • When the two groups of delegates met, they started shaking one another's hands.
  • My friends and I often visit one another's houses.