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A (usually closed) class of words that can replace nouns.

Pronouns are one of the . In modern grammars, pronouns are strictly nominal. They comprise personal pronouns (I, you, etc.), relative pronouns (that, who) and interrogative pronouns (who, what) and some other types. Traditional grammar also called some and some pronouns (e.g., demonstrative or possessive pronouns/determiners).

The class of pronouns is usually a closed class with few members, but it can be open, specially in East-Asian languages with complicated systems of honorifics.