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Why don't we accept the fourth person perspective as valid?

People in general, including myself, are quite likely to make statements which include everyone (like this one). The form that they use when doing so, I call "the 4th person indefinite", because it ...
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Can the pronoun “one” precede the thing it is referring to in a sentence?

I give an example so you understand right away what I'm asking. Does the following sentence sound right: Users are parts of not only the one being discussed right now, but the already-mentioned two ...
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Why are indefinite singular third person pronouns treated as plurals? [duplicate]

It's always bugged me. My research behind this question was rather shallow, so I apologize if it's a duplicates. Thanks! Edit, example: Say you don't know who you are talking to on Reddit, you simply ...
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Pronoun Agreement [duplicate]

Lately, I've been trying to understand the use of pronoun agreement in depth. While in the process I came across this website. According to the Author: Professional writers might revise the ...
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What's the difference between “someone” and “somebody”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "someone is waiting for me" and "somebody is waiting for me?" Please make it clear for me.
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Plural indefinite pronouns?

Can some indefinite pronouns be plural? One commenter on Mr K's Grammar World says they cannot. He also says the following examples contain quantifiers, and not indefinite pronouns. Many have ...
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One vs someone, can be used interchangeably?

I've been searching about the ability to use "one" and "someone" interchangeably but found almost nothing. So what's the difference between them and can they be used interchangeably, for example, in ...
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Comma before indefinite pronoun

While I would surround a noun or pronoun with commas, should I do the same for indefinite pronouns? For example: Have a good weekend, all. I'm sorry, everybody, I can't do that. Thanks.
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Difference between “an” and “one”

Forgive me if I miss something very obvious; English is not my native language. I am currently taking an online (sort of) Math class that aims to teach creating/writing unambiguous Mathematical ...
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Antecedents of indefinite pronouns

Consider the sentence, "Most of the apples are fresh." Is it incorrect to say that apples is the antecedent of the indefinite pronoun most?
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Combination of similar pronouns (indefinite)

Are there any significant differences in meaning or usage between "everyone" and "everybody", or "anybody" and "anyone"? As far as I know, there are some grammatical points involving "everyone" and ...
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How to form the possessive case of indefinite pronouns? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use “everyone's”, “everyones'” or “everyones”? I was writing a sentence in Google Docs that contained the following ...
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“None” as plural indefinite pronoun

In my grammar book (English Grammar, HarperCollins Publishers), I read that none is occasionally treated as plural, but it is usually regarded as singular. Can you give me an example of sentence where ...