A pronoun is a word that can function by itself as a noun phrase.

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Possessive pronouns

Does a first-person possessive pronoun have to come last if it is in a list with others?" "My irresponsible sister loves jewelry, so she took both Sally's and mine. "The same room was marked ...
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There is no point in “my lying to you” or “me lying to you” - which is correct? [on hold]

More examples: 1) "there is nothing queer about your giving him that present" vs "there is nothing queer about you giving him that present". 2) "it's about you being an idiot" vs "it's about your ...
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What reflexive pronoun should I use if don't know the gender?

I am writing something for university and I am talking about how a patient might hurt... himself/herself? itself? (talking about the patient) If it was something informal I would use themselves but ...
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What is the meaning of “the party against whom enforcement is sought ” [on hold]

I am An English language learner,I don't understand this sentence of "the party against whom enforcement is sought ".
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Is “My dog can run much faster than I” correct? [duplicate]

I have been revisiting English grammar lessons for a test & I'm reading Pronouns. During a self test I came across this sentence "My dog can run much faster than ___". I selected "me" & ...
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“It wasn't me …” or “It wasn't I …”? [duplicate]

Which of the following usage is correct, grammatically? a) It wasn't I who did this project. b) It wasn't me who did this project.
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Learn the guitar vs. learn guitar [duplicate]

I'm having a debate with a friend who teaches music. In English we say learn music or learn programming but when it comes to guitar, I feel tempted to say learn the guitar instead of learn guitar. Is ...
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Why isn't the objective case of the pronoun used in the given sentence? [duplicate]

"It is not we who are stupid," answered the camel-men, "but you." I would say that sentence should be "It is not us who are stupid", because it is usual practice to use objective case after verbs ...
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Where vs when - a matter of place or one of… time

Educated by weaklings, idolators of stigmata, especially fragmentary ones, we belong to a clinical age when only cases count. This is a quote from E.M. Cioran's book ''All Gall Is Divided'' (...
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Very confused!, what is the difference between “Impersonal Pronoun” & “Indefinite Pronoun”?

Oxford Dictionary say, Indefinite Pronoun: a pronoun that does not refer to any person or thing in particular, for example ‘anything’ and ‘everyone’ Source Impersonal Pronoun: a pronoun (in ...
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'None' and 'No one' [closed]

Do we use a plural verb with 'none' and a singular verb with 'no one'? We may say: None but the brave deserve accolades. But when we use 'no one', it is grammatically correct to say that 'No one ...
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Do intensive pronouns ever convey new information? [duplicate]

So for instance, the sentence 'I myself am called James' is not different to 'I am called James', information wise. As a comparative measure, take the sentences, which make use of reflexive pronouns '...
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What type of pronoun shoould I use before a gerund? [duplicate]

While reviewing grammar, I came upon this sentence: "I was able to inspect the apartment without his noticing the movement of my eyes." However, this phrasing seems awkward, especially the "his". I ...
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In poetry, what can I use to refer to someone without gender?

I am translating a poem from Korean. The poet is deliberately avoiding a gender reference (or, deeming it unnecessary) by using a neutral impersonal pronoun. In Korean there are generally few inbuilt ...
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Me, myself or I in non-I clause

MS Word is underlining the word myself and I am now wondering if I should be using me instead, seeing as the subject is not I. Which one is correct? Are both possible? At this point, putting as ...
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Non-moderate words

What is a non-moderate word and are there grammar rules for the treatment of such words? For example, are italics never used for emphasis with "everything," which I've been told is an example of a non-...
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Should I use an objective pronoun or reflexive pronoun here?

In the sentence, "It reminds me of_." Does one use an objective pronoun, "It reminds me of me." Or a reflexive pronoun, "It reminds me of myself." I would think you would use an objective pronoun ...
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Usage : Am yet to read those

Conversation : A- I am reading the Harry potter series. B- I am yet to read those. or is it better to use "I am yet to read them" or is there a better alternative?
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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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The deal between “Mary and me” vs. “Mary and I” [closed]

I think "Mary and me," even though it sounds odd to the ear, is correct, but my choice is between: "I've forgotten everything about the deal between Mary and me" and "I've forgotten everything about ...
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to whom/which, for which

consider the sentence: Sometimes even if we try hard to come up with an idea, the result of "which" carried out is in vain. should it be which or it? Also, how to be able to make sentences with the ...
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Can pronouns refer to adjectives?

If the following sentence is grammatical, does the pronoun it refer to deceptive? "Marcos was deceptive and it led to his demise." If the above sentence is wrong, then why is the following sentence ...
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Subject/object of sentence

Am I right in thinking this sentence in today's Irish Times is wrong: "A long-serving employee dismissed by Dunnes Stores after it won an appeal against an award of €67,500 damages to her has been ...
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Possesive pronoun to use with the interrogative pronoun [duplicate]

When using the interrogative pronoun, 'who', what would the possessive form be? 'Who checks X letterbox every day?'. I feel it ought to be 'his' but some people I know claim it should be 'their', ...
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Is it appropriate not to capitalize “I” if i personally view it as vanity on cultural grounds? [closed]

My native language is Russian, and the first person singular pronoun in Russian is "я". No capitalization. We also have a proverb in our language (and culture), which is literally translated as: "'я' ...
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enough for me to [closed]

1) I am thinking about the time when I had enough hair to comb. 2) I am thinking about the time when I had enough hair to comb it. 3) I am thinking about the time when I had enough hair for me to ...
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pronoun usage with a preceeding a

What pronouns would you use in the following sentence John and Lou recognized a bear cub. Replacing the proper nouns with a pronoun and then replace bear cub with a pronoun.
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Can relative pronouns reference each other?

Is it grammatically possible to say something like this?: He was who who he was. It sounds wrong and it surely doesn't make sense, but could it technically work? Thanks
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How is unjustifiable (falsely attributed) usage of *we* or *us* called? [closed]

I wonder what the name of phenomenon when a speaker uses we or us to falsely (and, really, deceptively) attach oneself to a group (like when a politician says "hard times await us" in his public ...
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The pronoun, it is popular…why?

I've noticed a shift towards a form of speech that I would love to know more about. It first showed-up in US TV dramas I think, but now it's common to hear it used in everyday conversation. Here are ...
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the basement door

1) We opened the basement door and entered it. 2) We opened the basement's door and entered it. 3) We opened the door of the basement and entered it. Which of the above sentences are correct? It ...
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Are houses masculine or feminine? [duplicate]

Ships and boats are referred to using feminine pronouns. Are houses masculine, feminine or neutral? Please provide evidence for your answer, a Google search didn't help me.
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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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Second person pronouns [closed]

Can someone explain to me why do a lot of tweets have second person pronouns? I'm doing research study and it appears that second person pronouns appear the most in tweets.
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Should this sentence use the word “one” or “you”?

Is the sentence One only has to look at the size of Claire’s house to know that you can make a lot of money as a doctor. correct? I'm not sure whether mixing the words "one" and "you" in the ...
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Are pronouns nouns?

In the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Huddleston & Pullum 2002) and many other grammars, the English pronouns are viewed as a subcategory of the English nouns. In other grammars, such ...
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Rules for pronouns

Is there a rule in English regarding whether a pronoun or the subject it refers to should appear in the subordinate clause of a complex sentence? Simple example: “Whenever the little girl/she eats ...
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Is “what” or “which” more correct for an unknown (but ultimately finite) quantity?

Given a situation such as wanting to know the song someone is listening to, or the city someone lives in, is it more proper to use which (indicating the quantity is finite) or what (indicating its ...
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Difference between he/him in nominative case?

So I sat through a presentation on APA wherein the professor was stressing to us the importance of proper writing as pertaining to turning in assignments (which I think was basically telling the ...
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Is it better to use “one” or “he/she”? [duplicate]

What sounds better to a native/is more correct? I assume they all are correct, but still - what is the best way to say it? If one wants to do something, one should do it. If one wants to do ...
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Difference between whatsoever and whatever [closed]

These could be considered across all possible pronouns, say whomsoever and whomever. I'd be pleased to know the difference, if at all it makes any. Merriam doesnt count the difference, just the other ...
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What is the correct pronoun to use when referering to Hatsune Miku? [closed]

This is a question I have been wondering about the last few days, and I'm still not sure if it should be posted here on in the music section, so please excuse me if it's misposted. Hatsune Miku is a ...
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Serial is produced by … and me

At the end of every episode of Serial, Sarah Koenig says: Serial is produced by Julie Snyder, Dana Chivvis and me. The word "me" sounds wrong to me there. Is it? If it's wrong, what is correct ...
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What (or who) is the rival gang of the Jets?

Is a gang (or a musical group) considered like a person or an object? I.e. should I ask: Who is the rival gang of the Jets? Or should it be: What is the rival gang of the Jets? What is ...
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She and her friends or her friends and she? [closed]

Should I say "Linda is my daughter. She and her friends like to go shopping on weekends." or "Linda is my daughter. Her friends and she like to go shopping on weekends." Which one looks better? ...
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Pronoun referring to a generic profession [duplicate]

"The community pharmacist assumes a passive role despite the impact _______ can make." Which pronoun should be used in this sentence? Thank you.
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Is there an easy way to identify whether or not a pronoun is ambiguous?

It seems like I have the most trouble with ambiguous pronouns. I wrongly assume that a pronoun is ambiguous very often. Consider these three examples: The city of Conway, Wales, now surrounds the ...
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“send … both me and …” vs “send … both myself and …”

Which is correct/preferable in the context of a third party sending file X via email: "please send X to both me and Ann" or "please send X to both myself and Ann" and why? Google returns hundreds of ...
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Pronouns when addressing a crowd

So recently, I have been working on a speech. Parts of this speech is a series of questions that I pose to the audience. I realize some difficulty when writing them. For example: “Who remembers ...
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What does the boldfaced “it” refer to in the context?

From the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Weekly: The Global Agenda Council on Human Rights developed a new paradigm that recognizes the important, though not exclusive, role of multinational ...