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

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“I myself Naresh” as an introduction

I have heard so many times that before starting presentation people introduce themselves like this: I myself Naresh and the topic I am going to present is.... Myself Naresh and the topic I am ...
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“That was me” vs. “That was I” [duplicate]

When telling a story about myself from the past, I have found myself in an internal debate over whether the correct way to segue into the present is: That was me twelve years ago. Or: That ...
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What happened first: “ye”/“you” merging to “you”, or “thou”/“thee” falling ou of common use?

Simple subject "I": I went. Replacing it with "me": Me went. That sounds strikingly wrong. We use it for fake "caveman talk". However, there was a time when it worked like this: 1st ...
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Proper usage of “themselves”?

Could anyone please tell me if I used "themselves" properly in this sentences: Such artificial samples can also potentially reduce distortions ... that are due to varying properties of the samples ...
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If “yet” means “and despite that”, then what word means “and partially owing to that”?

The child is only 4 years old, yet it can already talk. The child is only 4 years old, and, despite this, it can already talk. The child is only 4 years old, and, at least partially owing ...
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Singular they: Is it proper? [duplicate]

In one of my answers here, I used the singular they: When someone orders a rouge, they mean red wine which in French translates to le vin rouge. My question is, is it right for me to use they? ...
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The number of an uninflected pronoun

Case A: "There stands the boy who has two heads." Case B: "There stand the boys who have two heads." (If you are keeping count, the last two children have a total of four heads.) My question ...
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Gender-neutral possessive [duplicate]

I often use their as a gender-neutral term. Example: When a writer promotes their work ... But I am not sure whether this is acceptable English, or whether this is rather colloquial. I.e. can a ...
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“What I have, I give [it to] others”

Can I say "What I have, I give others", or do I have to say "What I have, I give it to others"? In the latter case, the object is repeated: 'it' and 'what I have'.
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Inexplicable 'it'

I have myself used and been OK with it in sentences like: What is it that you're doing? What is it that it means? But now I can't quite understand why it is necessary here. Also a ...
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Use of “it” to refer to virtual things [closed]

I work as a software developer. At times I have to talk about virtual, non-tangible things, like images for a website etc. In these cases, the pronoun that I use is it. E.g. Colleague: "Add the ...
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Relative clauses with prepositional verb phrase

The people ø you work with are your 'colleagues'. The people that you work with are your 'colleagues'. The people who you work with are your 'colleagues'. The people whom you work with are ...
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Ambiguity in use of relative pronouns

The animal ate the father of Jay, who was an engineer. So who is the engineer here? Father or Jay? How can I use which, that, who to refer to the whole object or only to parts of the object?
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Should it be 'which affect' or 'who affect'? [closed]

I have this sentence Persons performing tasks which affect product quality should have appropriate skill and knowledge. in which I am not sure whether who or which is grammatically correct. ...
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The word “I” is singular, but it does not follow the subject-verb agreement for a singular subject

When you have a singular noun as subject, a singular verb follows. However, the pronouns "I" and "you" are singular but singular verbs do not follow after them. Does anyone know something about this ...
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Mix active and passive voice in the thesis

I am starting to write my thesis and was told not to use passive voice. But the active voice pronouns "I" and "we" do not sound right somehow and I even found this link How to Write... encouraging ...
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he/she or what else could fit in a sentence referring to a transgender

The transgender, who secured 75 per cent in B.A. through distance education programme, said she had applied for the examination soon after the publication of the notification. On reading the above ...
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Which pronoun shall I use in this context? [closed]

Humans ought to treat others as a human being would treat others. Never should they bully and abuse anyone. Since the ultimate goal of them is to let everyone become capable of living an ...
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Professor Bob's lab

I know "Bob's house" and "Bob's" mean the same thing. Question 1: Is there a name for this grammatical phenomenon? Can one call it an abbreviation? Question 2: In the context of within a ...
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Is this usage correct: “my [verb]” [duplicate]

I have been thinking of this sentence: All these factors culminated in my choosing [some life decision]. Is the usage of my choosing correct?
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Pronouns of “somebody”, “anybody”, etc

I am a little confused about the usage of pronouns. I often see people using "their" with words that seem to be singular, for example, "somebody" and "anybody", which looks weird to me. (I.e., one ...
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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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Why does “Please approve it” sound wrong?

Whenever I read an email like this, the English sounds incorrect to me. "I would like to take tomorrow off. Please approve it." I want to say that "Please approve" is more natural, but why is that?
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“I will rob you of it” vs. “I will rob it of you”

Which of these is grammatically correct, and why? I will rob you of it I will rob it of you
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What do you call someone who is above average?

Is there any word (noun?) for a person who is not bad at doing something, yet not too good?
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“Those exposed to extreme cold” vs. “those who are exposed to extreme cold”

I saw the following example sentence in a TOEFL preparation book: To prevent frostbite, those exposed to extreme cold are advised to wiggle their fingers and toes to increase blood circulation. ...
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Using a pronoun and a proper noun with a descriptor

With the sentence: "If he was Little Freddie, the apple of Vinnie's eye, would have told him." Does it mean if he was Little Freddie, or was he referring to Little Freddie? I think the meaning is for ...
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Between friend and acquaintance? [closed]

What do I call people in between friends and acquaintance? I want to refer to my classmates who I know somewhat well and are friendly with, but not friends.
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Can the antecedent ever be in a prepositional phrase?

It seems like a basic concept, but I want to make sure. Can the antecedent ever be in a prepositional phrase? For example: Jill likes running with Julie. She is a good person. Does she refer to ...
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“I like it that” vs. “I like that”

I want to express the following: You are blaming me for your lack of concern and I like that (in a sarcastic way). Which one of the following sentences would be correct? I like it that your ...
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“They are…” vs. “these are” when answering the question “What are these…?”

When asked, "What are these called in English?" or similar, should we use just the right pronoun or can we also answer with the right demonstrative pronoun? For example, which is grammatical or ...
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Why is “you cannot buy all what you like” wrong? [duplicate]

I got the following sentences from http://www.engvid.com/english-resource/50-common-grammar-mistakes-in-english-2/ Wrong: You cannot buy all what you like! Right: You cannot buy all that you ...
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Either + plural noun + plural verb

I know that "either" is singular as is "neither". But I've seen it used as a plural pronoun. Take this sentence for example: It's the only chance either of us have of getting home. Is this usage ...
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Which is correct: “for you who loves knowledge” or “for you who love knowledge”?

In this case, the "you" is singular. Further, does adding a comma after "you" make a difference? Thanks.
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Possessive pronouns in research papers [closed]

Contrast: In order to develop a relationship between the energy spectra and their corresponding Fourier transforms... with In order to develop a relationship between the energy spectra and ...
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What does the “either” in this sentence mean?

The whole paragraph is like this: An experiment has three possible outcomes, l, J, and K. The probabilities of the outcomes are 0.25, 0.35, and 0.40, respectively. If the experiment is to be ...
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Noun order: “He and we…” or “We and he…”? Similarly, “…him and us” or “…us and him”?

It's convention and polite to always list yourself last in a list. I say "John and I went to the store" and not "I and John went to the store." So does that mean that I should always list myself ...
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'Those that couldn't let go' [closed]

"Those that couldn't let go" is the title of a quest in an online MMPORG. Is this correct or should it be "Those whom..." or "They that ..."?
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Other/the other confusion in a sentence

Consider the following sentence (it is a real medical condition) These people have blue skin. We should let them get in touch with other sufferers. I would prefer using the other sufferers as ...
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Using “their” vs. “his” [duplicate]

Why do we use their instead of his in this sentence? another driver flashes their lights
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Others or the others in this example

The goal of ABC is to enable the doctors all around the world to share and benefit from the knowledge of (the) others. (meaning of other doctors all around the world) I know that THE OTHERS ...
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some information is/are reliable some isn't/aren't [duplicate]

would it be alright to use ARE here wherein the word INFORMATION is non-count? "Some information is/are reliable ,some aren't/isn't"
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Case of Pronoun [duplicate]

I want to know _ you talked to. (who or whom) I want to know _ the culprit is. (who or whom)
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The significance of “y”

Regarding the pronoun "your", ignoring the singular possessive form. Is there some significance to the "prefix" y or is this a coincidence? Our: Collective possession, including me. Y our: ...
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Reflexive pronouns and understood “to be”

So, I've got a fairly straightforward sentence: Poe did not think himself a writer of inferior material. It is my understanding that "a writer of inferior material" is the object of the ...
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Usage of “other” with singular nouns

Reading an English textbook and learning stuff, they mention that that "other" is used only with plural or uncountable nouns. But what about this? There is no other way..no other option. Car ends ...
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Is 'somelike' a word?

Never mind the laconic title. It's incontrovertibly a word. What I'd like to know is whether the little bugger has ever been recorded by lexicographers. I've ruffled a dozen dictionaries to no avail, ...
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It is us? It is we? [duplicate]

Which would it be--it is us, or it is we? "Who is the real culprit? It is us, the ignorant, apathetic people of America." Or, "Who is the real culprit? It is we, the ignorant, apathetic people of ...
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Is “It must be him with whom you enjoy doing your assignments, not me” correct? [duplicate]

I’d like all of you to please consider the following sentence: It must be him with whom you enjoy doing your assignments, not me. I have known that after 'to be' verb pronouns words take the ...
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illiterate use of pronoun [duplicate]

I heard a movie character say, "I smell ME a rat." I know that the use of "me" is not standard English. What is the grammatical explanation for the insertion of "me" in that kind of sentence?