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

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TOEFL gerund vs infinitive question [closed]

While doing my TOEFL prep I encountered the following statement where I am asked to find which of the bold words is being used wrongly in the sentence: If one has a special medical condition such ...
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Why can't you use the word me before a proper noun

As per the title, i dont understand why it is grammatically incorrect to say "me and John went to the park" as opposed to "John and I went to the park" looking for any help on this available
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Antecedent of “it” in “dropped the amulet into the bag and hooked it”

Sentence is: Jim dropped the amulet back into the bag and hooked it through his belt. Isn't there confusion here on the subject? It feels like 'hooked it' is still related to the amulet when it'...
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What is a gender neutral word to describe an individual? [duplicate]

Before I begin, I'd like to point out that my primary interests aren't actually in literature/linguistics, but within the domain of music. However, I have come accross a problem I feel is of much ...
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What do the pronouns indicate? [closed]

Whatever one believes about the merits of completing the remaining intercity portion of the system, it is clear that 1) it gives the country an intercity transportation network that would be sorely ...
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Can the verb number be unknown in an interrogative sentence where the subject is unknown?

"Who appointed him mayor?" Who is an unknown, so would the pronoun number be unknown? Part of my question entails sub-verb agreement. If verbs are classified as being singular or plural, can they ...
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Use of Do/Does with indefinite pronouns

I am new! We all know that we use does with third-person singular (noun or pronoun, (definite or indefinite), but I am really confused about two things: How can I know that the given indefinite ...
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her: a determiner or a pronoun?

Her has two forms: Possessive form of 'she': This is her pen; She is her mother Object form of 'she': Give it to her; I know her For simplicity, please let me refer to the first form of her as ...
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Can I use a contraction with names or only with subject pronouns?

I have a doubt. Can I use this contraction? Karen and Tony've got a computer Instead of the full form of have got : Karen and Tony have got a computer Which one should I use? Or, are both ...
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“None saw this coming.” - Is it grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I understand I can say No one saw it coming but wonder if it is okay to say "None saw it coming."? Also, is the punctuation correct in the end of the last statement?
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Which is grammatically correct: He and I was or he and i were? [duplicate]

which is correct between following two sentences: 1. He and I was going to temple. or 2. He and I were going to temple.
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let alone he or let alone him

Should I say 'he' or 'him' in the following situation? Even I am not going, let alone he. Even I am not going, let alone him.
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Difference between I and Me [duplicate]

I am quite confused with the usage of I and me, Can anybody tell me what should be used in the following sentence: Your husband doesn't believe that You're older than (I / Me).
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Is “what” omitted here?

The sentence of concern: There is a job to be done here, collecting and collating evidence of current practice, trying out theories, developing academic tools to take charge of a field that is ...
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Pronouns from the Final Empire

Blue lines suddenly appeared before her— one end of each pointing at her chest, the other disappearing into the mists. Vin immediately jumped to the side, dodging as a pair of coins shot past in the ...
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Why doesn't it go like “him and his wife”?

Please take a look at this excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye: I think I probably woke he and his wife up, because it took them a helluva long time to answer the phone. This phrase confused me. ...
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“He” or “him” in these kind of sentences

While pointing at someone That's him swimming. or That' he swimming.
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What is the proper usage of the article “a” when a pronoun begins with “the”?

I believe I am stuck with only these two options, but would appreciate an alternative usage. I am somewhat limited on sentence structure as this application is part of a mail merge document. The ...
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Should “two” as a pronoun be spelled out in AMA style?

In AMA style, numerals are used for 1 through 9, but "one," when used as a pronoun, is spelled out. Easy enough. But now I'm looking at a sentence that says this: Drug A enhances the performance ...
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pronoun/noun followed by present participle [duplicate]

I would really resent him doing this project. I would really resent his doing this project. What I suspect is that the difference between in these sentences is that the emphasis is put upon the ...
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Pronoun (from The Martian)

A total of fourteen unmanned missions deposited everything we would need for surface operations. (1)They tried their best to land all the supply vessels in the same general area, and did a reasonably ...
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When must a gerund be preceded by a possessive pronoun as opposed to an accusative one?

I was recently reading this very interesting post here: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun? In this thread, it is argued persuasively that we could use either his or ...
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Is 'as' a pronoun or conjunction in these sentences?

As you can see As you know What does these 'as' serve as? Pronoun or conjunction? Thanks!
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Who vs That with a mixed subject

In the case of Company A, as well as in the case of product B, there were companies and businessmen who were eager to trade with XY. In the use of that vs who, I usually stick to the subject rule (...
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Most appropriate pronoun to refer to something that claims to be human

... prevent claimed users (which/who are in fact bots)... In the above sentence, what's the most appropriate choice to refer to the users that are in fact bots? I think, which is correct one, ...
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‘Who/whom’ vs. ‘he/him’: how to figure out which to use

The accepted (and highly upvoted) answer to the question in the question What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly? states that the easiest way to find out whether to use who or whom is to ...
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Which is the correct pronoun? [duplicate]

Someone has left____ wet towels on the bathroom floor. his or her or their
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so+adj+that structure

My question is when you do the so+adj+that structure, do you have to remove the pronoun ? Like in this example, should i leave 'it' out? The milk is very hot. The baby can't drink it now. --> The ...
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Is 'theris' a 3rd person plural possessive pronoun? [closed]

I saw a grammar chart earlier today stating 'theris' is a third person plural possessive pronoun. I've never seen this word used.
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“This includes me” or “This includes myself”? [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct - or are both of these examples grammatical? This includes me, my friend and my brother. This includes myself, my friend and my brother. EDIT NOTE: ...
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Active Voice in Research Without Personal Pronoun

I am trying to write a document in an active voice. I am allowed to use personal pronouns. That being said, I feel like I am using "we" too much. I am trying to vary sentence structure so that each ...
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Interesting: What's wrong with this sentence [closed]

"Born of Ibuza parents in Nigeria, novelist Buchi Emeta moved to England in 1962, since which she has lived in North London." The part in bold should be corrected/improved-accroding to the SAT mcq ...
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possible ambiguity of 'he' when two nouns are in use [duplicate]

I want to express that Brahma explained to Indra the mistake Indra had committed. Is it proper to say it like this? Brahma explained to Indra the mistake he had committed. Is there any ...
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“Nobody but him was present.” or “Nobody but he was present.” [duplicate]

Nobody but him was present. Nobody but he was present. Which is the correct usage and why?
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“There is the man.” Is *there* an adverb or pronoun?

According to Dictionary.com there adverb in or at that place (opposed to here ): She is there now. pronoun (used to introduce a sentence or clause in which ...
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Is a human corpse still refered as he/she?

Lately one of thoughts turned morbid: would a person refer to a corpse as an object (it), or do corpses follow the general he/she/it rules of Animals vs. People? My thoughts stem from the fact that a ...
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Why isn't the nominative case generally used with “to be”? [duplicate]

In German, constructions with sein, which is uninflected infinitive meaning "to me", seem to generally use the nominative case. For instance, this is a dog translates to das ist ein Hund, and ein here ...
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She showed me it [duplicate]

What is grammatically wrong with saying, "She showed me it." I know that should be showed it to me but I can't think of the reason the first is wrong. Thank you.
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Can I Switch from “it” to “he” or “she” when referring to an animal in a story? [closed]

This one is a question I can't seem to find an answer for. I do have a friend, a professional editor, who told me she saw no problem with me switching from "it" to "he" or "she" when referring to an ...
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Object pronoun: me and John, or John and me?

When using ourselves and another person as the subject of a sentence, we use their name first (like "John and I"); but when the same two people become the object of a sentence, which order should the ...
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Pronoun-antecedent agreement question

I was reading this article about jokes on 30 Rock. A sentence seemed strange to me, and I had to reread a few times. They are talking about a writer, Robert Carlock, writing jokes for a character, Dr. ...
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Why is omitting “who” correct? [duplicate]

In the following sentence why is omitting "who was" correct? Michelangelo, who was a sculptor, an architect, a painter, and a poet had a great influence on the world of art. to ...
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Does an inverted protasis mean just plain “if”, or does it mean “even if”?

When the first part of a conditional’s if-clause is inverted and the if consequently dropped, is the missing if just a plain old “simple if”, or is it more of an “even if”? For example, in this ...
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Object pronouns+verbs+ing

As non native speaker of English , I'm having trouble making sense of a structure pertaining to object pronouns. Likelihood of me doing this.... Your plan involves me attempting to prepare ...
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Can I use a reflexive pronoun in the same sentence with the person represented by the pronoun?

This is the sentence: The image on the screen stares back at Susan with eerie intensity – it is a picture of herself Microsoft Word would like me to say "her", not "herself".
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Is the lowercase pronoun “i” a feature of Indian English?

The Rule The personal pronoun “I” is always capitalized in English, regardless of its position in a sentence. This is an orthographic convention that every native speaker should know. Whenever I ...
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I looked at the mirror and saw: “me” or “myself”? [closed]

Which one is right to use in the following sentence? I looked at the mirror and saw Me / Myself.
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Is this just a peculiarity of the specific text, or does the disuse of “‑self” to indicate the reflexive here speak to broader trends?

In the 1917 JPS translation of the Hebrew Bible, we have, in Ecclesiastes 2: I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards; I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in ...
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Possessive of “it” when used as a noun to name itself [closed]

When speaking of the word "it", "it" is a noun and can double as a pronoun for itself. For example, I can say something like the following: It's first letter is an i. Its second letter is a t. It'...
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Which of these two sentences is correct? [duplicate]

I don't like YOU leaving early. I don't like YOUR leaving early.