There are many types of pronouns, but we will be focusing on the reciprocal kind for now! So what is it exactly?
▣ Each other
▣ One another
“Each other” is used when there are two or more people involved in the mutual action, situation, or feeling, whereas “one another” is used for three or more people involved.
▣ The two words in each phrase, that is, “each other” and “one another”, have to be used together and do not form a reciprocal pronoun unless it is done so. This means that you can’t just use “each” or “another” separately as a reciprocal pronoun.
▣ The people have to be doing or feeling the same things in order for a reciprocal pronoun to be used.
Now that you know when to use these pronouns, we’ll also show you how!
▣ Ann and Ella always shared their secrets with each other.
▣ Dan and Ryan loved to be in the company of each other.
▣ When they looked at each other, you could see the rage in their eyes.
▣ Both the teams fought hard against each other.
▣ They had the habit of giving each other surprise gifts.
▣ Tina and Roy looked at each other’s clothes, and the gap in their social status became apparent.
▣ “Have you looked at each other’s results?”, their Chemistry professor asked.
▣ The family members always argued with one another.
▣ “If you all learned to look at one another’s differences, you will realize that on some level, you are all the same.”
▣ The classmates exchanged notes with one another frantically before their exams.
▣ The prisoners always sneered at one another when they passed in the hallways.
▣ The doctors relied on one another in times of crisis.
▣ All the girls looked at one another’s Halloween costumes and burst into synchronous laughter.
While we were at it, we figured we’d give you an easy guide through their Spanish counterparts as well!
The phrase “el uno al otro” is the equivalent of “each other”. Example, “Se golpean el uno al otro” means “They are hitting each other.”
▣ Pablo y Molly se aman el uno a la otra.
Translation: Pablo and Molly love each other.
▣ Se abrazaban la una a la otra.
Translation: The two females hugged each other.
▣ No se cuidan los unos a los otros.
Translation: They don’t take care of each other.