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Usage of “let” with an inanimate subject

Can anyone help me and explain if the usage of "let" together with "these things" is grammatically correct in the following passage? We have created many useful things such as airplanes, trains, ...
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“Can” vs “Able to”: People/Animals vs. Inanimate Objects

I’m wondering if the English grammar “rule” given below, which I have heard from numerous non-native speakers, has any validity. “can” is used for people, animals, and inanimate objects. ...
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Is it correct to use an apostrophe to indicate something that belongs to an object? [duplicate]

I'm 18 years old, & I'm working on a new blog. I'm trying to get all of the help that I can get with English. This is the title that I'm planning on using for the first post: Reasons for this ...
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Using 'her' vs. 'its' to refer to a country

I am currently reading Liddell Hart's "History of the Second World War", and I'm wondering why he sometimes uses her/she when talking about Japan. In my understanding of English, it should be its or ...
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Is it grammatical to say of some potential meaning that it is “able to be said” or “trying to be said”?

A recent commenter on a recent word-search question nominated a term as “an even better word for what is trying to be said.” This seems to me to attribute intention to something—a ...
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What word denotes a belief that apparently inanimate objects actually express a malicious, autonomous will?

I came across this word a few years ago, but can't find it now. I do not mean deodand, animism, pathetic fallacy, scapegoating, anthropomorphism, or personification (Word for attaching blame to ...
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Verbs with Inanimate Subjects

Is it appropriate to use phrases such as the following in technical prose? The road runs south. The river turns to the west. While I understand that literary texts often use such constructions, ...
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Can an inanimate object “claim” to do something? Like a car that “claims” 45 mpg?

Excited to find this website! Is it incorrect to say that a "dietary supplement claims to treat" a condition, or that a car "claims to get 40 mpg"? I thought that as these are inanimate objects, ...
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'Who' or 'which' in reference to companies [duplicate]

What is appropriate to use here, who or which? There are around 50 companies who/which deliver scanning services to private and business consumers.
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Can “alight” be used in reference to inanimate objects?

Merriam Webster says that alight means, among other things, "to descend from or as if from the air and come to rest." So, the question is: Can one use alight in a sentence like "A small kite ...
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“What am I” vs. “who am I”

Yesterday I was going through my son's books and at one place it was written I have a long neck, I have spots on my body — what am I? I thought it should have been I have a long neck, ...
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“…FDA, who…” vs “…FDA, which…” - relative-pronouns of authorities

I'm referring to the following sentence: "Observes express their concerns whether the FDA, which/who is already overrun with work..." My question is: Are authorities in the English language treated ...
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Can “whose” refer to inanimate objects? [duplicate]

I was baffled while using this sentence: I went into some blog site whose sole purpose. . . . My question is about whose. Is it correct to use it there?
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Possessive form of inanimate subject [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”? Is it "role of the FRG" or "the FRG's role"? I know that although the FRG is not a person, ...
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Can 'whose' be used for objects? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the word 'whose' referring to an inanimate object correct in this sentence? Is there a more appropriate word? Basically I'm wondering if a sentence like this ...
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Using “whose” with non-animate nouns [duplicate]

Duplicate: Is the word 'whose' referring to an inanimate object correct in this sentence? Possessive connecting word for inanimate object Usage of “whose” not referring to a person. ...
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possessive connecting word for inanimate object [duplicate]

Duplicate of: Is the word 'whose' referring to an inanimate object correct in this sentence? Usage of “whose” not referring to a person. Referring to some attribute of an inanimate ...
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Possessive “that's” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'Which', 'whose' or something else? Is the use of "that's" correct in the sentence below? Imagine a frame with two sets of strings stretched across, ...
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Can “whose” refer to an inanimate object?

We lit a fire whose fuel was old timber wood. Is the word whose referring to fire, an inanimate object, correct in this sentence? Or is there a more appropriate word?
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Usage of “whose” not referring to a person [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Referring to some attribute of an inanimate object — use “who's”? I noticed the use of "whose" in the following sentence I wrote does not refer to a ...
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What is the possessive form of “what”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'Which', 'whose' or something else? First of all, I'm not a native speaker so I can't rely on my intuition in this specific case. For a very long time I ...
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Do things use apostrophe for indicating possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”? If someone owns something I would say: Mom's car. But if the owner is not a person, does ...
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Other ways of saying whichs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'Which', 'whose' or something else? Of course there isn't a word whichs (as far as I know), but I am talking about the possessive form of which. ...
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Referring to some attribute of an inanimate object — use “who's”?

This came up in describing an input to a function: A handle to the daemon who's name is desired. (Daemon is a type of process on a system.) Somehow, "who's" just doesn't seem right because it's ...
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Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”?

I know that to mark possession of an item you can use 's like in the following example: The user's password shall not be blank. However, is it correct to use the following: The car's antenna ...