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

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Using “they” for single person [duplicate]

I have encountered some people using pronoun "they" when referring to a single person, such in this example: Even if the cyclist is 100% at fault (I don't think they are), leaving the scene of ...
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“Makes them difficult to simulate” vs “makes it difficult to simulate them”

Which statement is correct? The complexity of these systems makes them difficult to simulate on computers. The complexity of these systems makes it difficult to simulate them on computers. ...
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Using “it” multiple times in a sentence

From http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/194744/change-wording-of-unclear-what-youre-asking The current description of "unclear what you're asking" misuses the pronoun "it" in the second ...
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Possessive pronouns vs possessive determiners

If my understanding is correct, the possessive personal pronouns (which are mine, thine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, and theirs) are used in place of nouns, whereas the possessive determiners (which ...
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Possessive pronoun drops in fiction [closed]

Assuming the reader knows who is being referred to, what do you think is the effect on the reader when possessive pronouns are dropped in fiction. For example: Brown hair is pulled back into a ...
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Why is there an 'it' in “I find it very difficult to do this”?

I find it strange that one has to use the pronoun it in sentences like I find it very difficult to do this. I would like to know the grammatical reason (if there is one) for this, if it has ...
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“Vendors and consultants, each of which” or “… each of whom”? [duplicate]

Which is correct: Sources of information include vendors and consultants, each of which usually has an interest in selling something. Sources of information include vendors and consultants, ...
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“Which professors…” or “Whom professors…”? [closed]

Which one is correct? Which professors do you recommend? Whom professors do you recommend?
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passive Vs active or omission of 'which is'

What is the part of speech of 'regarded' in the following? "a quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poems" (NOAD) Why isn't it "... [which is] regarded ..."? ...
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May I please help who(m)ever is next [duplicate]

I am bringing up a rather pedantic point here, but, one that has me completely stumped. This is going to require some serious grammar knowledge. I was in a line at a shop today and the teenager at ...
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Is “Whom you are singing for?” correct? [duplicate]

Sorry I am not a native English speaker but in an English language country. My colleague was singing and just to kid her I said: Whom you are singing for (I wanted to say to her, for who she is ...
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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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What is the proper way to refer to the Original Poster (OP)?

In a Stack Exchange comment, I was corrected by referring to a user named alice as a "he". I said (context): I know he thinks he needs all of the eigenvalues, but I've learned that ... and was ...
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objective/subjective pronouns following a verb and before another verb

A grammar exercise says that this is correct: "The final choice made Heather and I change our decision." Why is the pronoun "I" correct when, if you dropped "Heather and" and changed "our" to "my" ...
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When is (it) a good time to call you?

When is it a good time to call you? When is a good time to call you? Everybody tells me that both are correct. What is the exact grammatical difference?
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“What am I” vs. “who am I”

Yesterday I was going through my son's books and at one place it was written I have a long neck, I have spots on my body — what am I? I thought it should have been I have a long neck, ...
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reflexive pronoun use [duplicate]

Which is better? "You" vs. "Yourself" (referring to God) "Draw us close to You." or "Draw us close to Yourself." "Bring us back to You." or "Bring us back to Yourself."
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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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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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Can we use two pronouns side by side?

While writing an essay, I felt the need to write two "her"s simultaneously: Jane had taken the book from Ann five months ago, and hence felt the need to return her her book as soon as possible. ...
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It is just like him to be late

What a strange construction is it? Why does it sound so strange to me, Ukrainian fella? For instance, why "him" instead of "he". And, first of all, what does it mean? I even cannot translate it ...
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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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Use of “a user” as the antedecent of “they” [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "The list of reports a user will see may depend on the permissions group(s) they are in."? I have asked the writer to change the text to say "users" to match "they", but he is ...
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When did it become incorrect to use apostrophes with possessive pronouns?

I'm reading Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and I notice that she invariably uses an apostrophe with possessive pronouns — in a way that would be considered incorrect now. For example: (Elinor is ...
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“Each” — pronoun or adverb

I am looking at these two sentences: M and W are letters that each have 4 strokes. M and W are letters and each has 4 strokes. It seems that each is an adverb in (1) but a pronoun in ...
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Usage of “she” to refer to a noun

I was alway get confused when I read something like this: "Because the attacker controls her end on the SSL tunnel, she can send anything she likes to the server..." My instant reaction is to go ...
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Should I refer to “one” as “him/her/them”, when the subject is not specified? [duplicate]

I'm writing a formal document, translating it to English, and I need to now how to say this sentence properly: " It allows one to have a voice and endows them with a power that was (...)" I used ...
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Correct Question word: Who or whom? [duplicate]

I'm wondering which option is the right one: Who is he having lunch with? Whom is he having lunch with?
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Proper use of “prescience” & “prescient” with implicit subject

If I am sending an email with the subject line: Look at how spot on the Economist was with the Real Estate Bubble In the body of the email, I quote 2 paragraphs from the article and write a ...
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Adjective + “of them”

My wife and I were discussing whether it is allowable to put an adjective in front of "of them". For instance, I could say "I want 5 cats" and "I want 5 of them". However, while it sounds perfectly ...
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“The ones” or “those”?

I recently corrected "ghettos, such as the ones found..." to "ghettos, such as those found..." Was I correct or are both versions right?
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Is “who did what” grammatically correct?

Sometimes I wish to know what each person in a group of people did, or where each person went, or which book goes where. Is it correct to say, Who went where? Who did what? Who told whom? ...
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Using the pronouns “he” and “she” for animals

I've been wondering for some time under which conditions the pronouns he/she can be used when talking about animals. I know that they are used when talking about pets (esp. larger ones) and when you ...
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who or whom in this context? [duplicate]

I am unsure which is the grammatically correct one in the following context: ...trying to find a programmer with who / whom I could collaborate. Which one is the correct usage?
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What is the difference between “although that is” and “although it is”?

Currently I'm writing a thesis. I came over the although sentence several times. After reading through time after time my head started to hurt :P I tried to google it but didn't find any help. So ...
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Meaning of “it” in “it [. . .] settled into its unbreakable parts”

Please help me understand the meaning of “settled into its unbreakable parts” as used in this excerpt below from Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away: He was sitting forward on the seat, ...
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Pronouns and declension for merged/hermaphroditic entities

I have a pair of friends who since entering into a relationship have become rather disgustingly effusive and clingy, to the point where people around them have begun referring them an 'it' [singular], ...
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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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When are you 'You', and when 'you'? [closed]

When is it in spelling that the personal pronoun 'you' should be written with capital Y?
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Comma before indefinite pronoun

While I would surround a noun or pronoun with commas, should I do the same for indefinite pronouns? For example: Have a good weekend, all. I'm sorry, everybody, I can't do that. Thanks.
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How should I avoid this reflexive pronoun, or is it okay?

I typed a sentence in Microsoft Word as: o Each mobile operating system implements encryption in their own way. It was part of a list of bullet points. I got dinged for their own being ...
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Why is the pronoun “I” written with an uppercase letter, even when it's not at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, the pronoun I is written capitalized, even if it is not at the beginning of a sentence. Why? What kind of questions can I ask here? should I capitalize all the ...
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Who vs whom in "Who is the right person to turn to? [duplicate]

Take the sentence: Who is the right person to turn to? I'm not sure whether who or whom should be used in this position.
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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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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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An ambiguous sentence from the music Dreamtale

The whole sentence is As the last ship sailed towards the distant horizon, I sat there watching on a rock. My mind slowly drifting away, forming into my...dreamtale. I can't figure out whether ...
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Is it typical native speaker usage to inconsistently use the pronoun “one” in a paragraph?

[NB: This is a re-post of a closed question that was rightly judged "off topic". It does present an interesting problem, though, so I've rewritten it and asked an on-topic usage question.] Is it ...
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What is correct: “both sides of you” or “both sides of yours”?

Which is right? both sides of you both sides of yours Example: I know both sides of you(rs) and they make you the girl I love.
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Antecedent of “its” in “the dog attacked the cat and its friends” [duplicate]

The dog attacked the cat and its friends. Does the sentence imply that the dog attacked the cat and the cat's friends, or that it attacked the cat and the dog's friends? How would one properly ...
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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, ...