A pronoun can be defined as a substitute for a noun. There are three types of pronoun in ancient Egyptian; suffix pronouns, dependent pronouns, and independent pronouns.
The Suffix Pronoun is always attached to a preceding word and is connected to it in transliteration by the symbol “=”. It will always be placed immediately after the word it is attached to (see below on word order). The suffix pronouns are as follows:
The first person suffix pronoun (“I”) is usually masculine (i.e. it is the glyph of a kneeling man) but this glyph can be replaced with that of a woman, a god, or a dignitary if the situation warrants this.
There are six main uses for suffix pronouns:
1: As the subject of a verb (but not an infinitive)
2: As the object after a preposition
3: As an indirect object of a verb
4: As the possessor or genitive of a noun
5: As the subject of a non-verbal statement beginning with the particle “iw”
6: As the subject following the word “djs” (“self”)
Dependent pronouns are not as closely connected to the word so they are written with “-“. The dependent pronoun will always precede the subject if it is a noun, but if the subject is a suffix pronoun the dependent pronoun will follow it.
There are three main uses for dependent pronouns:
1: As the object of a verb (but not an infinitive)
2: As the subject of a non-verbal statement beginning with a particle
3: As an object reflexively relating back to the subject of the verb
- Gardiner’s sign list
- Single consonant signs
- Phonograms, Logograms and Determinatives
- Nouns and Prepositions
- Relative Forms
- Word Order
- Verbs forms
- Past and Present tense
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