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

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Why have some plural pronouns replaced singular pronouns?

While today we use for example the word "you" for second person singular and plural in objective and subjective manner, there were actually words to differentiate this usages like "thou" and "thee", ...
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One - does common English usage equate that to “you” (2nd person) or “he/she” (3rd person)?

I am proof reading an academic paper on computer programming and am trying to ensure pronouns conform. This is an example sentence: Accordingly, one considers some entry fees in his strategic ...
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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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Using “with” without an object pronoun?

Growing up I had a friend whose family would constantly say "Are you going with?" or similar. It always annoyed me. Fast forward 20 years and now I have a coworker who does the same. "I'm going to ...
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“that which” used together

When I read essays from Eliot, I find him using "that which" frequently, e.g. the combination which is the murder of Agamemnon is probably as complex as that which is the voyage of Ulysses. A ...
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Should “that” or “it” be used in this sentence?

People say things like ‘all publicity is good publicity’ but that isn't always true. Should that in the sentence above be replaced with it? It's sort of ambiguous as to what that is referring to, ...
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Are double negatives proper English (e.g. “I don't know nothing”)?

I have heard many (rather most) people, especially in the USA, saying: I don't know nothing about it. Is that correct? I always get a weird feeling hearing this and feel the correct one would ...
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Contemporary written usage of “whom” in objective case [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”? I was writing a LinkedIn recommendation one day, and ended up pondering for a while which of these ...
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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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Is using “she” when the gender is unknown ungrammatical? [duplicate]

I often come across the use of "she" not as an gender neutral pronoun as such but as the pronoun of choice when the gender is unknown. This is particularly common in scientific/technical documents but ...
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Is the usage of “in your humble opinion” correct?

We use "in my humble opinion" to express humility. But I even see usage of "in your humble opinion" to ask for others' opinions. What does it mean? I see the usage in the original message here, ...
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Referring to X (plural) units of Y as an “it”

I am reading The White Spider, a book on mountain climbing, and I got hung up on this passage which sounded wrong, although I can see why it isn't... Herman couldn't be expected to hear him in ...
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Proper usage of pronouns

As an ESL student, sometimes I wonder whether I use too many pronouns. For example: She grabbed her purse, she took some money and then she went to buy some groceries. After that she returned ...
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Personal pronouns for animals

In my native language German, every animal has an article. This is understandable, if one wants for example to distinguish a male pig (boar) from a female pig (sow). But if one just talks about the ...
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The general 'it' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “it” refer to in “it's raining”? Whence the “it” in “I like it here”? What is the grammatical term for ...
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A Question On Relative Pronouns & Conjunctions

I came across this quote from the movie RocknRolla: Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which ...
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“It is I,” versus, “I am it” [closed]

In predicate nominatives, I was taught that you use the subject pronoun on either side. In other words. All of these sentences therefore sound right: I am it. It is I. You are it. It is you. ...
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'All that' vs 'all what' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “all that” vs. “all what” How can I be sure when to use 'all that' or 'all what' in making sentences. Is there any differences in their meaning. ...
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Combination of similar pronouns (indefinite)

Are there any significant differences in meaning or usage between "everyone" and "everybody", or "anybody" and "anyone"? As far as I know, there are some grammatical points involving "everyone" and ...
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Anyone: (“they” or “he/she”) why is it sometimes plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “their” instead of “his or her”? Plural versus singular: Anyone can learn to dance if they want to. Anyone can ...
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Did English ever have Distinct Inclusive and Exclusive 1st Person Plural Pronouns?

I have always had trouble when people talk to me and say "we" - because I often don't know whether that includes me or not. "Hey, we're going to the movies." Just by that, how do I know if they want ...
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Ourselves vs us?

I am simply haunted by the fear of my family not having enough money to support ourselves. I am simply haunted by the fear of my family not having enough money to support us. The ...
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Addressing someone with no specified gender [duplicate]

How do you address someone whose gender is not specified, when you are writing something? Take this as an example: The teacher said we should go; ____ said we are good pupils. Would you insert ...
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“He is better than _____.” (1) I (2) I am?

Which of the following constructions is / are correct? He is better than I. He is better than I am. PS: I'm unfamiliar with this site and its workings, so forgive me if my question fails to follow ...
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The condition for saying “You’re the door on the right.” etc. and its construction

This question is a spin-off from “Is you’re the door on the right. grammatically correct?” . After the original question, some ideas came to me, about its conditions and construction. I opened this ...
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Possessive for a third person and a first person

Bob and I are working on a project. I want to refer to "Bob's work" and "my work" collectively, without referring to Bob and myself collectively. (This will be the first reference to Bob and myself in ...
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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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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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Tricky pronoun and antecedent agreement

I'm currently taking a grammar class and the professor gave us this phrase to ponder upon. She said that there was a problem with it. I can't seem to find the problem nor the solution. Manolette ...
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Using nominative “I” instead of objective “me” in plural phrases [duplicate]

I hear people saying, "He said it to my wife and I" when they would never say, "He said it to I." Why are people so inconsistent?
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Meaning of “that” in “holomorphic function in the sector S that is continuous”

I have encountered a confusing sentence in a math textbook: Suppose F is a holomorphic function in the sector S that is continuous on the closure of S. What does that mean in the above ...
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Determining pronoun antecedents

What is the antecedent of the relative pronoun who in the following sentence? Hector Berlioz is one of those French composers who is famous for his operatic music. Is it one or is it composers? ...
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“You and I” versus “you and me” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct, “you and I” or “you and me”? When I was in primary school, I was advised by my English teacher to use "you and I" instead of ...
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Difference between “anyone” and “everyone”? [duplicate]

What's the difference between anyone and everyone? Everyone should keep quiet in the classroom. Anyone should keep quiet in the classroom.
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Singular or plural pronoun for an antecedent of the form “A, B, or C”?

The number, gender, and person of a pronoun must match its closest antecedent. Most style manuals advise using a singular possessive pronoun when the antecedent is a disjunctive set of singular nouns: ...
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Confusion regarding “I” and “me” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can run faster than _. (1) him (2) he? Which one is correct? He is taller than I. He is taller than me.