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Improper use of words with Subjective Pronouns

I read a quote as below: "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." (Kathryn Stockett) Clearly using "is" is not grammatically correct for "You" I have heard another sentence in which it seems ...
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What was the purpose of the ethical dative?

I can find examples of its use, but not a rationale. Presumably there was one at some point. What was it for?
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Can I omit the pronoun when it appears more than once in the same phrase?

When the "I" appear more than once, can I omit the second "I"? original: "I am your friend and I am seeking for help." omitted: "I'm your friend and am seeking for help."
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“One of them was/were you”

If I am talking to somebody about a certain group of people in the third person, and then want to refer to the person I am talking with as one of those people, which do I say? One of them were you ...
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“in you_ and your family’s best interests”

I’ve seen this picture of a leaflet being tweeted today. It’s supposedly issued by the UK government and distributed widely: Am I overlooking something or does it really contain the grammar error ...
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“Being [he/him] is not easy.” Which is prescriptively “correct”?

The prescriptivist rule for "It is I" is well known This question is about prescriptive grammar. It’s a fairly well-known prescriptivist rule that “me, him, her, them” (in other words, pronouns in ...
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Correct usage of Personal Pronouns [duplicate]

Which of these is the right way of using a personal Pronoun? (Me vs I) This is I. Einstein the Genius! This is Me. Einstein the Genius! I'm a bit confused since both sound right.
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All of us, including “me” or “I”

Which is better in this case, "me" or "I"? All of us, including me, have made mistakes. All of us, including I, have made mistakes. It seems that "I have made mistakes" makes more sense ...
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When to use “me” or “myself”?

Which one is correct: Someone like me... or Someone like myself... Is "like myself" ever correct?
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Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)?

Is there a pronoun I can use as a gender-neutral pronoun? Each student should save his questions until the end. Each student should save her questions until the end.
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The difference between “it” and “he/she”

There seems to be a difference between these two pronouns besides the obvious one of animacy. I want to know if people agree or can point out the flaw in my thinking. I've been attempting to wrangle ...
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Which is correct: “This is her” or “This is she”? [closed]

Upon answering the telephone, the person calling asks if Joan is available. If Joan is the person who answered the phone, should she say "This is her" or "This is she"?
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What's the correct pronoun for “people like us”? [duplicate]

In the sentence "people like us never wash […] hands", should the pronoun be "our" or "their"?
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“such as yourselves” or “such as you”

Would it be Without patrons such as yourselves, we could not have this event. OR Without patrons such as you, we could not have this event.
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Is English the only language that always capitalizes “I”? [duplicate]

Is English the only language where "I" is always capitalized, no matter where it occurs in a sentence? The other two languages that I'm familiar with don't do this. In German, "ich" is only ...
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What is the proper usage of “Y'all” in southern American dialects

The construction of the word to me implies that "you" is singular, whereas "y'all" is plural. To a football team: "Y'all are going to play a great game." To a tennis player: "You are going to play a ...
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How to avoid this repetition

I have the following sentence: He grabbed the Duke's shoulder and turned him to face him. Without pronouns for disambiguation of the two occurrences of "him": Vigil grabbed the Duke's ...
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Name a person who loves to do things manually

What will you call a person who loves to do things manually rather than using any technology tools.
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“Thou shalt not pass” and “You shall not pass” hybrid

Is it technically incorrect grammar to make a hybrid of the well known statements: "Thou shalt not pass" and "You shall not pass"––this hybrid being: "You shalt not pass"? From what I understand from ...
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Should there be a subjective or objective pronoun here?

Reopen note This question has been linked to this question here: "Heard me [infinitive]" vs. "heard me [present participle]" However, that question is clearly about whether to ...
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What's the meaning of “for he/she was…” [closed]

(...) for she was a young woman. What's the exact meaning of "for she" in this context? "For her(self)"? "Because"? Is it formal? How often is it used in colloquial register?
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What is the correct pronoun for mixed gender antecedents?

Neither John nor Mary thinks (pronoun?) will lose their race. Probably the best solution for this sentence is to recast it as "Both John and Mary think the other will lose their race," or something ...
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Usage of “Me and yours”

I was having a chat to my girlfriend when something came up and I said "Speaking of dads, I had a dream where me and yours were going...". Here "me" refers to myself and "yours" to her dad. She ...
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Why are words like “Thou” and “Thee” no longer used in English?

When going through old English literature, especially stories and poems, we can see they have been full of words like "thou" and "thee" etc. Some of my English teachers told me that they were used ...
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“He” / “she” vs. “it” regarding beloved objects

Is that normal to regard a beloved object (an animal, a car, a book) as he/she? If yes, what gender should be used in this case? One comment in this question touched the tendency to humanize things ...
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“It might be her brother” vs “He might be her brother”

Why do we use it might be her brother instead of he? For example, Who is that guy with Susan? I'm not sure it might be her brother. Why do we use the third person singular it instead of he might ...
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Grammar and what is unspecified

On another thread I used the example: I thought Jones was an idiot, they behaved so strangely And it was pointed out that: You can't use the gender-neutral 'they' in this situation. ...
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Is “mes” an accepted plural form of “me”?

Is mes (the first two letters pronounced the same way as me, an alternate spelling is probably me's) an accepted plural form of me? There are other mes in other possible worlds.
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Usage of reflexive pronouns

I have read answers to questions like When is it correct to use "yourself" and "myself" (versus "you" and "me")? but I couldn't find a general rule for using ...
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Who is being referred to in this dialogue from the motion picture “Captain America: The First Avenger?”

There was this scene in the motion picture "Captain America: The First Avenger" where Steve Rogers and Agent Peggy Carter are driving through Brooklyn. The following dialogue ensued: Steve Rogers: ...
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Can a pronoun and its referent have different plurality?

(Hello, everyone. I am new to this community and also not familiar to English, so if this posting does not meet your standard or tradition, please let me know.) My question is as the title says: Is ...
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What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical?

An acquaintance recalled this specific example from an English textbook, but it is jarring to my native ear. Is this an example of prescriptive grammarians gone wild?
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Why do we ask “Who is she?” in the subjective form? [closed]

If "her" is objective and "she" is subjective, why do we say: 'Who is she?' instead of: 'Who is her?' apart from the latter sounding a bit strange? For instance: 'That car belongs to ...
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Can I use “our” and “we” in a formal essay? [closed]

I am writing a formal essay, based on the following prompt Differing points of view make life interesting. I am finding it hard to avoid using "our" and "we" in the essay. For example, in the ...
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Use of personal pronouns in papers (research, etc.)

Back at university, I remember being told to never use personal pronouns in my dissertations. I was never given a reason, but I was told to avoid statements like The evidence leads me to believe. ...
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“Nobody will help you but me” vs. “Nobody will help you but I”

As has been shown in another question, in comparisons with than both the accusative and the nominative are possible and grammatical: He loves you more than I. He loves you more than me. ...
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“My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner”

I just stumbled upon a Reddit post titled: My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner. How does it look? Sure enough, the top comment immediately points out that it should be "my wife's and ...
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“I, (any name), am here to… ” is this correct?

I'm using this to introduce myself in a speech. The sentence goes like, "On behalf of xyz, I, Kartik Choubisa, am here to..." Or should i say, "... Is here to...?"
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Is “we” an imperative? [closed]

Is the english use of "we" an example of an imperative in "We forced our backs...we cursed through sludge" ? I think it sort of is, I'm not so sure.
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How are pronouns resolved?

Are pronouns in English resolved syntactically or semantically? Do they always refer to the closest matching noun? A wikipedia article has these examples: We gave the bananas to the monkeys ...
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Use of personal pronouns in technical writing and possible alternatives

I'm currently in the process of revising my graduate thesis in Computer Science. One section of the thesis specifically addresses design decisions I made and changes I made based on test results. In ...
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Referring to objects as “she” [duplicate]

Sometimes people are referring to mechanical objects as "she": I love my car. She always gets the best service. Are there any rules when it is appropriate to use "she" instead of it, and is "he" ...
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Which pronoun to refer to “person”? It? He or She? They?

"When he found his seat on the plane, Sam recognized the person who was sitting in the seat next to his. It? She? was a woman he knew." Which is more common/natural? Isn't 'it' more correct – ...
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Pronoun usage and conjugation [closed]

Why do we say 'I am a teacher' instead of 'I is a teacher' when 'I' is a singular pronoun?
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Can we say that “he” and “she” are cognates?

If they are cognates,what happened to the mophological changes on them historically?Such as the emergence of "h" in "she"? she mid-12c., probably evolving from O.E. seo, sio (acc. sie), fem. of ...
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What a pronoun should one use: “you” or “yours”? [duplicate]

This document sets out the rights and responsibilities of [you || yours], the Company, and the concerned third parties. If "the Client's rights" can be rephrased to "the rights of Client", then, ...
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Is “her” a possessive or an objective pronoun in “A mother takes care of her children”?

I had a sort of debate with my teacher to whether the her in the sentence A mother takes care of her children. is a possessive or an objective pronoun. I told my teacher that it was a possesive ...
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Generic he, correct or incorrect? [duplicate]

Completely ignoring the sexist aspect of the word, is using "he" as a gender neutral pronoun grammatically correct or incorrect? I'm well aware that using "he" may come off as sexist or politically ...
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“We rarely go on holiday.” Can I say “Us neither”?

Since, in the first person singular, I can compare my situation, tastes, etc. to someone else's saying "Neither do I." or "Me neither."… … is it possible to use all the other personal pronouns in the ...