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

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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.

Reciprocal pronouns 2

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Soumis par Jeanette Edde le ven 24/02/2012 - 12:26

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Confused lesson!!!!

couldn't realize the difference between "each other" and one another

 

Soumis par Silviettina le mer 25/01/2012 - 11:22

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Hi, 

thanks for these good exercises and explanations. English begins to seem easier for me!!

Soumis par Mohammed.darwiche le dim 15/01/2012 - 09:44

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Hello,

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

Soumis par myatthetmon le ven 13/01/2012 - 09:29

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confusion this lesson, a little different between first explained above and under sentence.