I have a question about the use of pronouns. The definition is that pronouns are used for substituting a noun or a noun phrase. But in a real-life context, the noun or noun phrase might not be mentioned verbally. If the thing is understood or is just obvious, can I use the pronoun right away?

Example 1

(My friends and I are at a new place. I point at a woman I don't know )

I: She is so stylish.

My friends: Yes, we should go and know more about her.

  • Yes, of course you can. Is it impossible in your own language?
    – mdewey
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 16:02
  • Some pronouns rarely have referents. For example: "Anyone can go there." Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 17:01
  • The definition you give is correct. It says nothing about having to say the noun phrase before. If it's understood, just use it
    – gotube
    Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 2:22

1 Answer 1


Yes, this is a normal and typical use of pronouns.

There is no need to mention the referent before the use of the pronoun. You and use the wider context or body language.

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