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

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An alternative to gender specific pronouns [duplicate]

Is there any suitable alternative to using both gender specific pronouns in such cases? Example: Client uses his/her account.
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How should I capitalize “on which” using headline-style capitalization?

How should I capitalize on which in the headline The Construction of Those Terms on which the Parties Agree?
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Can a pronoun functioning as Object also be a Subject?

I want him to call me tomorrow. In this sentence we see: I, subject; want, verb; him, object. What is the subject of to call? Him? But him is the object of the verb want. Is this a correct ...
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How can a pronoun “one” be a noun?

I asked a question some days ago about if an atributive-only adjective can be followed by a pronoun one, for example in this sentence When the Olympics began in 779 B.C. There were not a lot of ...
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'Someone' Singular or Plural? [duplicate]

As we know, when the pronoun someone is used, the succeeding verb will be conjugated in the 3rd-person singular. Thus, the following sentence demonstrates legal usage: I cannot enter the room; ...
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Can an attributive adjective come before pronouns?

For example, the attributive adjective only and pronoun one: can we say "there is only one"?
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The rule for the pronoun use after the comma

I am always confused whether I can leave the pronoun in or out after the comma. Michael, Anthony, Scarlet, and Bill combed half the parking lot, but (do I need a pronoun they) couldn’t find the ...
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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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The pronoun before the antecedent

Joe says it helps, as the cost of the drug falls to 10$. Is this correct usage in a headline of a newspaper article? I know in some cases, it's fine for the pronoun to come before the antecedent, ...
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Pronoun question: referring to inanimate objects as 'he' or 'she'

I read the following claim concerning pronouns referring to inanimate objects: Anything that is meant to contain you, protect you or provide you with something beneficial is [often referred to as]...
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'A or B' - singular or plural

An obvious communicator assumes that the listener is unaware of background information or related issues, and therefore provides them in the advertisement. Its goal will be to create a positive mood ...
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What is “the one” referring to?

I read the news report about the attacks happened in Beirut, Lebanon. Here is the link: Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten. This sentence I don't understand. "But for some in ...
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When was “it” first used in weather sentences? [duplicate]

It is raining. It's a sunny day. I hate it when it rains. I'm prepared if it snows. It can be mighty cold at night! ... etc. My questions: When did English speakers start using "...
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Can 'them' be used to indicate 'sentences'? [closed]

In your last message, you have said to ask you questions about your sentences, if I failed to understand these. In your last message, you have said to ask you questions about your sentences, if I ...
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scope of 'everybody': infelicitous use of 'it'

Irene Heim claims the second 'it' is not felicitously used in this sequence of words. It must sound awkward. Everybody found a cat and kept it. It ran away. (source: (5) on page 225 of 'File Change ...
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Using 'You' or 'I' in Forms

Which one of the following is better/more common/more widely accepted, when writing a form to be filled out as part of a survey? Option 1: Q1. My preferred investment option: ________ (list of ...
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Does the omission of pronoun in one of these two sentences could make the meanings of both vary greatly?

I am doing my English assignment right now, and I couldn't decide which one sounds better: But luckily for New York City, a brightly-painted retro bus from the 70s, facilitated with lavish ...
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Using pronouns before mention

Is it grammatically correct to say, for example, Providing that you'll return it tomorrow, you can use my computer. Notice that I've used "it" before actually naming the object. Can we use both ...
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Is the pronoun 'themselves' offset by commas like an appositive?

For example: would this sentence be correct? Termites, themselves, can't break down the cellulose either.
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What the matter is vs. what is the matter used in the affirmative [duplicate]

I want to know what the matter is with her. I want to know what's the matter with her. I want to know what's her problem. Is "I want to know what's the matter with her" and 'what's the matter' ...
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Relative Pronoun [closed]

Is the following sentence correct grammatically? This is the man, who I told you about, raised 6 million dollar to our company. If it's ungrammatical, what makes it so?
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Why don't we use the word “hims”?

Here is a question that may be ridiculous, but I was curious if there is an answer other than, "That's just how it is." A student of mine wants to know why he/him/his is not consistant with she/her/...
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“Closer in age to herself”: Hypercorrection? Grammatical?

Is the use of “myself” in the following sentence and example of hypercorrection, or is this acceptable use according to standard (i.e., prescriptivist) grammar? Her grandmother was crazy about her,...
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Why is 'Where's it' Grammatically incorrect? [duplicate]

I want to explain to the Spanish developers of a website why this text label sounds wrong: If your column isn't country data, where's it? IMHO, you have to say "Where is it?" - but I don't know ...
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Are 'third person singular pronouns' optional?

I took a English test in a non-English speaking country. There was a problem with a picture. In the picture, a girl whose name is Ann says, My knife doesn't cut well. The question asked: "What ...
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Do any style guides advocate the alternating use of “he” and “she” as a gender-neutral pronoun?

I don't like the options that are usually given in the "gender-neutral pronoun" debate. The singular they offends my prescriptivist sensibilities. His/her constructions are clunky and look terrible. ...
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By taking one step at a time or by taking “it” one step at a time?

The sentence was written in a conclusion and the topic is about simple ways to keep healthy. "By taking it one step at a time, you'll be on your way to a more fulfilling life in no time." Does it ...
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Problems with pronouns (ambiguity)

Mary likes John a lot, but Cindy doesn't. She(Cindy) doesn't allow him to talk to her(Cindy), because she(Cindy) thinks he is annoying. Although the pronouns in bold are intended to refer back to ...
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Sentence improvement [duplicate]

The given sentence is- 'As no one knows the truth as fully as him, no one but him can provide the testimony.' As far as the highlighted part is concerned, I improved it as- 'As no one knows the ...
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“In Partnership of/with the Embassy?”

Which way is correct? In Partnership of the Embassy of Spain... or In Partnership with the Embassy of Spain...
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Modifiers of pronouns

Someone new Anybody else Something good I've never thought about it, but why does the adjective follow the noun it modifies? Is there a technical term for this?
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Can I refer to the object of the previous list item with “it”?

Is it ambiguous to use it to refer to the dog in the following sentence? I was seen driving the car, hitting the dog, and burying it.
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Subject pronoun or object pronoun?

Here is a sentence: Everyone likes you but her/she. What should be the correct pronoun? According to me since we are replacing a subject with a pronoun it should be she, but the answer according ...
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Which possessive pronoun is correct? [duplicate]

Could you advise - which is correct? It's my and Louise's cat. It's mine and Louise's cat. It's Louise's and my cat. Thanks
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Why is the plural pronoun **them** used here? [duplicate]

Look at the following sentence that I just saw while viewing a profile: Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. As it looks, them refers to this user, right? This user ...
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Usage of a pronoun properly [duplicate]

I had this question in mind for long and I think this is the perfect spot to ask. Consider the following sentences (Just for instance). We are an equal opportunity employer. However when applying ...
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omitting the pronoun “I” [duplicate]

I want to know about the grammar of omitting pronouns. I've searched for it some times but I didn't find a proper answer. Actually I want to write in my profile about my education, I want to write "I ...
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What's difference between objective and subjective pronouns

I like David as much as her I like David as much as she Dose the first sentence conveys the meaning? I like david exactly same her And the second one I like David as much as she does David
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Why do we use the pronoun “that” in this situation, not “it”?

1)The climate of Busan is milder than that of Seoul 2)The climate of Busan is milder than it of Seoul I know that #1 is right. But I wonder why we don't use a demonstrative pronoun "it", a pronoun ...
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What pronoun do we use when we want to emphasize?

I've just written some sentences and it seems to me that the usage of "it" is kinda strange or even wrong in them. Are they wrong? How can I say it in a correct way? I assumed it were the humans ...
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Starting the sentence with “as much as”

Is this sentence correct: As much as transition or mere changes to one's life may facilitate one's lifestyle,it doesn't necessarily improve it. ??
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Personal Pronouns | Which possessive determiners to use? [duplicate]

I have a simple question to ask. Which possessive determiners are grammatically correct when the noun is our _____? For example, in the case where the noun is our group, it seems to make sense when my,...
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When did formal “you” and “we” for showing respect in English wither away? [duplicate]

It appears that the current form of English only has the casual or irreverent form of pronouns like "you" and "I"; English lacks the formal or respectful version, which is present in many other ...
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Is using “they” in things like “John and Bob, they looked blah blah” an error, or is it ok? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence right the way it uses they after naming the two dogs? Nap and Winkle, they looked at the hay and they didn't know what to do.
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What is correct to say: “I don't like it when …” OR “I don't like when …”?

Very simple question. Which is correct to say: I don't like it when ... I don't like when ... Is there a difference? For example: I don't like it when people can't understand me. ...
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Is it acceptable to start an emphatic sentence with “It is he who…”?

It is he who the students choose as the repersentative of their class. Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, why? I would like to know whether the pronoun ‘he’ can be used in this grammar ...
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Should I use “him” or “her”?

Which is correct, and why?: If my daughter was born a boy, I would have named her Harry. Or If my daughter was born a boy, I would have named him Harry. I'm sure my reasoning for both is ...
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Pronoun it or them

Q - Can I get the 16 digit card number? A - Sure, hmm Q - So can I have them? My question here is that numbers are supposed to be a non-living thing and ideally it is what is used for non-living ...
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The ambiguity of pronoun.

And now, a little detail bothered him. Not about the case. No, that was fine. It was something else. Something about Allie. But damn, he couldn’t put his finger on it. He was fine when she’d left ...
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Can “themselves” be singular? [duplicate]

(This is probably a duplicate, but I couldn't find what I was looking for through search.) Say for example you have the sentence: He is referring to himself. You can replace "he" with "they" (...