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

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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 ...
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Pronoun question

I have a pronoun question, though I am not sure what exact category this question falls into. I'm wondering about what is the best pronoun to use in the following situation: If the "me" in question ...
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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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Grammar Rules regarding the pronoun 'it'

"I want to be a doctor. I like helping people that's why I want to be it." "Where's your new iphone? Can you show me it?" What grammar rules govern the use of the pronoun 'it' in these sentences. They ...
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Would pronouns be objective or subjective in this sentence?

Sentence: John's entire plan was nothing more than him/he and me/I walking by his neighbors' houses armed with twenty-eight inches of potentially bone-crushing sports equipment. Should I ...
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Is “whichevereth” a word? [duplicate]

Whichevereth does not appear to be listed in dictionaries. With only a few Google hits, across a selection of informal texts and snippets, it is perhaps used to indicate that the speaker does not ...
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surpass he or his, possessive or pronoun

Mary and John were given the same task. In the end, Mary's work is better, and far exceeds his/him. Is "him" grammatically incorrect here?
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“… a risk that it exists or will exist” - Sentence Wording

in the following piece of legislation, can you tell me if the correct grammar is being used? "A person acts recklessly within the meaning of section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 with respect to -...
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Correct use of the pronoun “one”? [duplicate]

If one fails, then he must simply try harder. If one fails, then one must simply try harder. I have been trying to find the answer to this one for some time now. Some books and websites say second ...
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Although the rule was made by “him” or “himself” [duplicate]

Although the rule was made by ....., the director rarely enforced it. Should it be "him" or "himself"?
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Gender in “Sun won't show its/his/her face” nowadays

The question concerns the usage of possessive pronouns in phrases like: Sun won't show its/his/her face much today. I saw this sentence using her in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and ...
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What is correct: using myself or I? [duplicate]

What is correct: we are waiting on dinner for myself and Jamie, or, we are waiting on dinner for Jamie and I?
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Which one of this is the correct use of “one” as a pronoun?

a. When one reads the Hindi literature of the twentieth century, he finds a striking contrast between the writings of Munshi Premchand and later day writers of popular Hindi fiction. b. When one ...
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Under which conditions can “one” be used to refer to non human entity?

I've heard that one is understood as referring to people if one uses any one as in Q: Which of these ice cream flavors do you want? A: Any one. I understand that any one sounds like anyone, ...
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Is there a rule to determine to which word is a pronoun related? [duplicate]

In the following sentence: Dogs hate cats as they are naughty. does the pronoun "they" refer to dogs or cats? In other words, who is naughty here?
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It was he … / It was him [duplicate]

It was he who messed up everything. It was him who messed up everything. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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What is the correct grammar: “we” or “us”

What is the correct grammar for this sentence fragment: She needed we the taxpayers to pay.... She needed us the taxpayers to pay.... because without "the taxpayers", the correct sentence ...
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Is the pronoun THAT used as anaphora or cataphora?

"When we analyzed all the news stories and removed just ONE STORY, here's how the world looked. What was THAT story? THE DEATH OF ANNA NICOLE SMITH. This story eclipsed every country except Iraq, ...
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Help me figure out where to place 'object pronoun'?

I try to figure out if there is a need for placing "them" after the verb"translate"? 1)Regarding the list,it comes with partial Japanese that needs you to translate into English terms for our tech ...
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The film [that/which] I selected for viewing

The film that I chose for the class to watch is called The Life of Igor. The film which I chose for the class to watch is called The Life of Igor. —At the margins, are both correct? (When I ...
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noun-pronoun agreement

Like the planets, the stars are in motion, some of them at tremendous speeds, but they... Just based on the above, how can we tell which noun the pronoun they refers to: planets or stars? Is there ...
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Why does a pronoun as the predicate of an indirect object (e.g. “I gave her it”) sound wrong?

Forgive me if I've used the wrong terms in the title, I did my best given my middle-school grammar lessons and Wikipedia. "I gave her the book" sounds just fine, but "I gave her it" sounds stilted ...
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You can't put a flower in an a**hole and call it a vase

I am not trying to be funny (other than the fact that the joke is, in and of itself, funny). I'm asking someone to parse this for me. Seems to me it should be something like, "You can't put a flower ...
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Is “whosoever” used correctly in the following sentence?

Is "whosoever" used correctly in the following sentence? Is this sentence correct as a whole? Whosoever monk or priest sees this, may s/he take it, I've offered. The context is: A man, in order ...
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Why is “them” and not “those” correct?

I have been preparing for the SAT, and this question has been confusing me a lot lately. Some scissors (A) are designed for left-handed use, although most (B) of them (C) sold in stores (D) are ...
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Can “another” be used as a subject? [closed]

For example, there are two groups of people, a group travels to a foreign country just to enjoy beautiful attractions or take part in interesting festivals, and another goes to a new place to ...
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What does this “it” refer to?

Furthermore, Gilbert’s vibrant description of Naples’s pizza makes it sound unique and delicious. Does the "it" in the sentence above refer to the description or the pizza? Would it be better to ...
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“You are not worse than her” or “You are not worse than she”? [duplicate]

Which one is the proper english? "You are not worse than her" or "You are not worse than she"? And is it so striking to use one instead of the other?
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Is this sentence grammatically correct, use of pronouns

I was wondering if this sentence is grammatically correct: The veracity of mathematical facts transcends the limits of human knowledge, which only precludes our understanding of it. I wanted to ...
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Is it wrong to use “we” as fans for something our team accomplished (or failed)?

I and fellow fans: "We won! Yeah!!!!" Devil's advocate: "No, you didn't! The [TeamName] won!" What can be said about this?
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Should I prefer “my” or “our” when the object (a kid, a house) is “co-owned” by two people both present?

I was sitting on a couch between the wife and the husband of an old married couple (native English Londoners) and they were showing me pictures of their kids. They kept using phrases like here is ...
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“Each” in potential subject position in compound sentence always pronoun?

This question is related to: "Each" — pronoun or adverb The sentence in that question is: M and W are letters and each has 4 strokes In that sentence, how do we know that “each” is a ...
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What does “it” refer to in this John Locke text “…that Nature hath provided and left it in…”?

... the "labour" of his body and the "work" of his hands, we may say, are properly his. Whatsoever, then, he removes out of the state that Nature hath provided and left it in, he hath mixed his labour ...
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Verb inversion with possessive pronoun + interrogative

Is it yours? vs It is yours? Can #2 ever be appropriate? Does it exist to facilitate placing emphasis on the personal pronoun?
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Why is “it” wrong in this sentence?

From the SAT: When Doris Lessing published The Golden Notebook in 1962, it instantly established herself as one of the most important literary voices of her generation. It said that it is wrong. ...
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I vs Me from SAT question [duplicate]

Here is my example (from an SAT question): No one is sorrier than I that you missed the awards ceremony I don't know understand why it is "I". Shouldn't it be "me" since "I" is the subject here? ...
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Why is an interrogative pronoun not an adverb?

Consider these two sentences. A. Which museum did you visit? B. Which did you visit? In the first case the word "which" functions as an adjective modifying museum and in the second an interrogative ...