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Reciprocal pronouns

Level: intermediate

We use the reciprocal pronouns each other and one another when two or more people do the same thing.

Peter and Mary helped each other.
Peter helped Mary and Mary helped Peter.
We sent one another Christmas cards.
We sent them a Christmas card and they sent us a Christmas card.
They didn't look at each other.
X didn't look at Y and Y didn't look at X.

We also use the possessive forms each other's and one another's:

They helped to look after each other's children.
The group of students often stayed in one another's houses.

Note that we do not use reciprocal pronouns as the subject of a clause.

Reciprocal pronouns 1


Be careful!

Reciprocal pronouns and plural reflexive pronouns (ourselves, yourselves, themselves) have different meanings:

John and Fred killed each other.
John killed Fred and Fred killed John.
John and Fred killed themselves.
John killed himself and Fred killed himself.

Reciprocal pronouns 2




Hallo dear team,

He didn't look at her and she didn't look at him.

Is this sentence right without preposition “at”?
He didn't look her and she didn't look him.

We are going to patient waiting for your answer sir. We are know that you have a thousand of duty

Hello British Council team,

'I can exchange information with (the) other learners'

In this sentence I just want to know about the word 'THE'. Is this sentence correct with 'the' or without the'?

I'm very much appreciate your your help with teaching English

i shaved myself . what's wrong in that

hi Marshood,
we don't use reciprocal pronouns with verbs that we used to do it usually
best regards

'each other' refers to two people and 'one another' refers to more than two people.
In the example sentence, there are only two people but you have used one another
Peter and Mary helped one another, can you please explain. Thanks in advance.

Hi Peter,

Could you explain a little more about each other and one another ? If traditionally, each other refers to two people and one another refers to more than two people, but this distinction is disappearing in modern English, how I know when I use one of them?
Thank you.


I'm trying to make the sentence from the grammar:

"Lines are adjacent to each other." Does it mean that is "A line is adjacent to a line" ?

Sir, Each Other refers to two people and One Another refers to more than two people. But in the above example [ Peter and Mary helped one another ]. Peter and Mary are two persons helped each other. [Peter and Mary helped each other] may be the correct ans? Same case with the [They didn’t look at one another].

Hello The_Unknown,

As the information on the page says, this is a distinction which used to be important but which is disappearing in modern English. The information on LearnEnglish reflects how the language is actually used today, and this is why these examples are given.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

It's not really related to the topic but I was incorrect on item 4, "I gave him a present and he gave me a present. We_____________."
I put in "gave each other a present." But when I tried "presents" instead of "a present," it was correct. Can someone explain how this works?