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

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Which pronoun should be used to refer back to actions?

Which word is better suited to reference an action? For example, Setting appearance of each report component is too long process. It’s easier to use styles for it. or Setting appearance of ...
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Antecedent of “which” in “A man coming out of the backdoor of his house which is facing east”

In a recent quiz there was a question: A man coming out of the backdoor of his house which is facing east... In this scenario, should I understand the meaning to be 'the house is facing east,' ...
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About a sentence structure including 'arise' and a relative pronoun 'that'

I'm not sure about the sentence structure below; "All kinds of problems arise that smaller animals or plants do not have to cope with." It looks like 'that' works as a relative pronoun for 'all ...
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Multiple Instances of Same Noun: Does the use of “that” distinguish between them?

Consider the following sentence taken from some co-operative housing rules: "Any costs of repairing a suite are the responsibility of the owner of a suite, which could be a different suite from ...
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Why do programmers always use 'we' when really they mean 'me' or 'you'? [closed]

Something I've noticed a lot from reading articles on stack overflow is that programmers tend to use the term 'we' a heck of a lot. I'm a programmer myself and I must admit, of all the times I've ...
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Does the use of the word 'itself' defy logic? [closed]

In simple arithmetic the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are all binary. That means you need two numbers, one on each side of the operation, for an expression ...
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Is “else” in “someone else” necessary?

Since I'm already referring to a person in third-person by using "someone", isn't the "else" in "someone else" redundant? If it not, why is that? The only significance I see in the addition of ...
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People referring to themselves with verbs with “-s”

Sometimes I see people on the internet saying something like "Me has a box" "Me does the job", or "I has a box" (or even "I haz a box"). And I'm sure they do it intentionally. Why do people refer to ...
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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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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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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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“Taller than me” or “taller than I”? [duplicate]

Which one is correct here and why? He is taller than me. He is taller than I.
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“I care for you” versus “I care about you”

I would like to know if there is a semantic difference between I care for you and I care about you.
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Multiple objects + relative clause [duplicate]

Which would be best / acceptable? "He saw people, animals and buildings THAT / WHICH had suffered greatly." As I see it, there are 3 subjects; people, animals and buildings. The grammar rules I know ...
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How to use “if you will” in third person

How would one say "if you will" in third person POV? I'm constantly finding myself wanting to type this phrase in papers but I usually refrain from it since "you" is second person and my teachers are ...
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“fraction of relevant instances that are retrieved”: Should it not be 'those are'?

I was reading a Wiki page which had this statement: recall is the fraction of relevant instances that are retrieved Shouldn't it be the following? recall is the fraction of relevant ...
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Is it correct to say “My partner and I”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “My friends and I” vs. “My friends and me” vs. “Me and my friends” I'm not sure since sometimes people also say 'My partner and me'
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Default gender for pronouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using “he” for a gender-neutral third-person correct? I’m sure this is a duplicate, but I've heard that when the gender is unknown you are to use he instead of he or ...
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“I draw myself” vs. “I draw me”

"How can I draw myself using a mirror?" — I came across this question and couldn't help but wonder if it should be "draw me". Draw here is to mean "make a picture". What do you think?
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Pronoun to refer to “Mrs. Jeffrey's class” — “it” or “them”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which pronoun refers to a group … Helping my sister with 3rd-grade homework, feel silly for checking. She wrote: The candy was brought by Mrs. Jeffrey's class. The ...
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How's it hanging?

Why do some people use "how's it hanging?" as greeting? What is "it" referring to?
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Is it “a company who makes …” or “a company that makes…”?

Regarding the fact that a company is made up of people and we use who for people, is it proper to use who here?
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“I and others” or “others and I”?

I have traditionally learned that a first-person pronoun should always come last in a list, e.g. Bob and I found this to be interesting. However, it sounds awkward to me when this rule is used ...
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About adjective possessive pronouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? In the sentence ‘Everyone should make everyone’s part’, what adjective ...
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Should a company be referred to as “he/she” or as “it”?

When a customer represents a company, not a person, and a pronoun is needed to refer back to that customer, should one use he/she, or should one use it?
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Which is correct, I or me? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I use “I” instead of “me?” Which is correct? The photo shows my kids and me at the party. The photo shows my kids and I at the party Another one: ...
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“my”, “of me”, “of mine” - when to use these possessive constructions

I have been encountering possessive constructions with the preposition "of" and a possessive form of pronoun frequently, but I do not fully understand what it means and when to use it. In particular, ...
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“Who” as applied to non-human animals [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to use “who” vs. “that” ‘Which’ applied to brute animals Is the use of "who", as applied to non-human animals, ever considered grammatically correct? Would it be ...
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Antecedents of indefinite pronouns

Consider the sentence, "Most of the apples are fresh." Is it incorrect to say that apples is the antecedent of the indefinite pronoun most?
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Need explanation about demonstrative determiner

Does the demonstratives refer to the next word or previously mentioned statement? The medieval center is Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. An evening view of these illuminated landmarks is ...
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Where did the practice of using apostrophes for possessive nouns but not pronouns originate?

Where did the practice of using apostrophes for possessive nouns but not pronouns originate? For example, possessive nouns (both proper and common) are written with a apostrophe before the final s: ...
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When tagging a picture, which statement is correct if it includes yourself and a friend? I was taught friend's name then mine [duplicate]

Duplicate of: John, Valencia, and I (or me)? “My friends and I” vs. “My friends and me” vs. “Me and my friends” Is naming the first person last proper grammar or just proper manners? And ...
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Pronoun “you” can be omitted as subject in imperative form, what other pronouns can be omitted, when and why?

The pronoun you can be omited as a general rule, but sometimes I’ve seen sentences that should have used I or it as the subject but it was omitted.
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Do they call this *it* expletive?

Given the example: Was it then that I thought of Alan? No, earlier. From the very first wave of panic my mind reached out to him. Yes, even then, in the heart of the fear, there was a still small ...
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When to use “it” instead of “who”

In using a title for a particular function of a person (for example, "supplier", "seller", "buyer", "exporter"), is it proper to use the word "it" and "that" and "itself", instead of "he or she" and ...
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Is is right using expressions like “before her coming here” in place of “before she came here”

I often use expression like these I came to this place before him getting here (rather than using before he got here). We were having a lot of fun before before her getting here (instead ...
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Use of “it” and “them”

Can the pronoun it refer to plural as in the following sentence? Secrets of Wealth and Provision and how to increase it. Or should it be: Secrets of Wealth and Provision and how to ...
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Won't followed by noun

I try to understand the song 'Sober' by band Tool. And there are couple of sentence with won't followed by pronoun or noun and without verb. For example: 'Jesus, won't you f*cking whistle nothing ...
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Can the word “he” be used to refer to a woman? [closed]

In the song “Extraordinary Girl” by Green Day, you can notice that the vocalist sings about an “extraordinary girl”, sometimes referring to her as he, and sometimes as she. For example, at 2:51, you ...
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What is “there” in expression “Are you out there?” [closed]

What does there signify in expressions like "Dude are you out there?" or "I am there for you"? It is not referring to any previously mentioned location, right?
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How one refers to a third person without specifying the sex or number? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? Is there a generalized way to do this. Who is it used in modern media ...
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“And you?” or “And yourself?” as response to “How are you?”

If someone asks "How are you?", which of the following is grammatically correct? "I am well, thank you. And you?" or "I am well thank you. And yourself?" 'Yourself' sounds more formal, and is used ...
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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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word usage 'understand each other' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Each other” vs. “one another” Those using Irish Sign Language, American Sign Language or British Sign Language, will not automatically understand one another. or ...
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Reflexive possessive pronoun

Is there a single word (similar to Russian свой for those familiar with Russian) which I could put into this sentence? By tomorrow, one of us will see the money in __ account. meaning that ...
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“We're all each other has”

I heard this phrase We're all each other has. in Family Guy and a quick googling shows about a hundred thousand occurrences. It sounds really strange to me. I would say We are all we have. ...
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Usage of “our” in sentences where we skip that/which are

We check our Facebook three times on the way to work on our smartphones more powerful than your computer. Is this sentence correct? It sounds much better if we remove the our before smartphones ...
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Can ‘as’ be replaced by ‘which’?

In the following sentence, can "as" be replaced by "which"? If so, is there no difference between the two, in this case? Do we call ‘as’ in the example as relative pronoun, or just pronoun? There ...
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Can ‘as’ be the object of a preposition? [closed]

In the sentence, can ‘as’ be the object of preposition? I understand what it is to have a blended family. I can empathize with people who've lost loved ones. I think that's part of our experience ...
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…again, the proper use of “which” vs. “whom” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Most of which” or “most of whom”? The following is a sentence from an email I recently sent, not knowing if it was the proper use of the word. As I mentioned, I ...