Difference Between Noun And Pronoun

The key difference between noun and pronoun is that noun is a term used to specify a person, animal, or object, rather than pronouns, such as he, she, yourself, mine, who, this, and someone, frequently replace or represent nouns or noun phrases in sentences.

What is Noun?

Nouns are words used to identify persons, places, things, or concepts in a sentence. They serve various grammatical roles, including subject, direct object, indirect object, subject complement, object complement, appositive, or modifier.

Here are a few examples of nouns:

  • Feline
  • Two-wheeler
  • The famous singer Taylor Swift
  • The vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur

What is Pronoun?

A pronoun is a word used in place of a noun or noun phrase. Pronouns serve to refer to a previously mentioned noun or to represent a noun that doesn’t require specific identification.

Personal pronouns are the most common type and are categorized into three perspectives:


Referring to the speaker or writer.

Second person

Referring to the person or people being addressed.

Third person

Referring to other individuals or objects.

Like  nouns, personal pronouns can take on the role of a verb’s subject or the object of a verb or preposition, as seen in the sentence: “She likes him, but he loves her.”

Noun vs Pronoun

The basic differences between nouns and pronouns are given below:

DefinitionA word that represents a person, place, thing, or idea.A word that takes the place of a noun in a sentence.
ExamplesDog, cat, book, city, loveHe, she, it, they, we, you
SpecificityOften specific and can refer to a particular entity.Generally less specific, relying on context to clarify.
UsageTypically used as the subject or object of a sentence.Used to avoid repetitive use of nouns and to make sentences less cumbersome.
FunctionNames or identifies something.Replaces or refers to a previously mentioned noun.
AgreementNouns must agree with verbs and adjectives in terms of number and gender.Pronouns must also agree with the nouns they replace.

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