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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.

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Be careful!

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

John and Fred talk to each other regularly.
      = John talks to Fred and Fred talks to John.
John and Fred regularly talk to themselves.
      = John talks to himself and Fred talks to himself.

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Comments

hi
if we said "we eat each other s food "
is this correct

Hello mona rafat,

The sentence is correct apart from lacking an apostrophe. It should be "We eat each other's food".

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi
could you please check my sentence.
we were danced with one another.(we=more than two)
thank you

Hi,

Please don't ask the same question more than once. We will answer your question if we have time and asking it twice takes up additional time for us.

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

hai
could you please check my sentence?
we were danced with one another (we=more then two)

thank tou

These reciprocal prnouns got me confused. The definitions above the assignment state the following:
'each other refers to two people.'

The definition is then followed by this example:
'Peter and Mary helped one another.
= Peter helped Mary and Mary helped Peter.'

How come the definition and example do not add up? Peter and Mary are two people, so shouldn't it be 'Peter and Mary helped each other?'. And if not, why is this an exception?

Thanks in advance!

There is difference in examples and definitions. Why is this??

please correct my sentences:
1. There are 3 people coming from 3 countries, they would like to teach one another their languages.
2. There are 3 people coming from 3 countries, they would like to teach one another's languages?

which one is correct? thanks

Hello,

I would say that the first sentence sounds better than the second one.

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

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