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

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How to form sentences starting with “it”

I would like to learn how to reconstruct this sentence to use it at the beginning: The reason why they chose this way looks weird to me. I think we could form it as follows, but of course I am ...
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Proper usage of 'which' in a sentence

I read the post Usage of "which", and am trying to frame my own sentence that uses "which". Consider the sentences below. In the first, I want to say that variable shadowing is the reason ...
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Use of possessive or object pronoun [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun? Do you mind me smoking? Do you mind my smoking? There's little chance of you ...
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A general rule for using “that” and “it” [closed]

Consider the following examples: I know [that/it]. What is [that/it)]? [That/It] is more than I wanted. To know how you are, [that/it] is more important. Based on my ...
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Peculiar vs peculiar to itself

What is the difference between the following statements? Most men have peculiar manners. Most men have manners peculiar to themselves.
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'Their' singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? 'Their' is a third person plural; however, ...
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Why does legal English sometimes repeat the antecedent noun after “which”?

Here's a standard English sentence: The folder which is missing from the principal's office contained the answers to today's exam. (Separate question, discussed elsewhere I'm sure, whether it ...
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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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Correct usage of “of which”

I have two books, of which one is borrowed. Is this correct? Is there such a phrase?
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“Neither Billy nor Suzy look” vs. “neither Billy nor Suzy looks” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Neither is” or “neither are” Say you take a photo of Billy and Suzy, but they both end up looking funny. Would you say Neither Billy nor ...
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Is it grammatical to omit the subject from “I did my work”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it acceptable to begin a declarative sentence with “Am”? Is it correct to start a sentence with did. Did my work. instead of I did my work. ...
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“It is a highly unusual form of melody, one that…” — what is the referent of “one”?

It is a highly unusual form of melody, one that occurs only in this composer's work In the above sentence, what is the referent of the pronoun one? Is it melody or the entire prepositional ...
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“Which” or “what”

Much of (what/which) scientists know about dinosaurs has been recently discovered. The phenomenon of (what/which) are known as corporate networks has also attracted attention. And yes, the ...
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“One should warn” vs. “it should warn” [closed]

Can you explain to me when it is more appropriate to use it or one in the following sentence? One/it should warn about the conflicts. I don't think there's a big deal using one or another ...
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“Nobody will help you but me” vs. “Nobody will help you but I”

As has been shown in another question, in comparisons with than both the accusative and the nominative are possible and grammatical: He loves you more than I. He loves you more than me. ...
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“She” or “her” following “no one but”?

Which pronoun is correct in the following sentence? No one but her/she ever made a perfect score on the test The answer according to the book is "her", but it is getting on my nerves. I tried ...
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Most of the books explain it + singular or plural

Should the following be singular or plural? Most of the books explain it in a way that's difficult to understand. Since books are plural, shouldn't the part in bold be also plural?
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“Everyone knows what a/the proton is” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any simple rules for article usage (“a” vs “the” vs none) Which is correct? Everyone knows what a proton is. Everyone knows what ...
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Which pronoun to to replace single antecedent?

This is my all-time question. This time, I was writing specifications of my application and came up with this question. Which one of the following is more commonly used than the others? Note that I'm ...
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“A sensible person like you” vs. “a sensible person like yourself”

What is the difference between you and yourself in the following context? My dear Professor, surely a sensible person like yourself can call him by his name. My dear Professor, surely a ...
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When to use 'ourselves' vs. 'our self'

I wrote when we place our self meaning each one of us, his or her self -- and was told to use "ourselves" instead. Who is right?
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“I am I”, “I am myself”, or “I am me”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it correct to use “yourself” and “myself” (versus “you” and “me”)? According to Google Ngram, "I am myself" is more common that "I am I", but which is correct? ...
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It is I who am at fault? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “It is they who lied” or “it is them who lied?” What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical? Which one of these is correct? It is I who am at ...
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What is the correct relative pronoun for “government”?

What is the correct relative pronoun for "government"? Which of the following phrases is correct? I am writing for an American [English] audience. The Queensland Government, who licenses several ...
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Is it “me” or “I” and why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I use “I” instead of “me?”   John, Valencia, and I (or me)? I found a photo of Sarah, Thomas, James and I? OR I found a photo of ...
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“Whom” or “who” and replies to such questions

Which is the most natural way to ask the question below? Are the replies correct? (Words in parentheses show that they are optional.) Whose are these notebooks? - (Of) our students./These ...
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Usage of “self” as a pronoun

I knew that "self" could be used as a noun (e.g. "she knows his true self"), but I had never heard of its usage as a pronoun. Here's the sentence, taken from a Garfield's comic strip: What a ...
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“Ann's friends and herself” — is this correct?

Is the sentence: Ann's friends and herself were really nice to us. grammatically correct?
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Do I have to add “one” to refer to a last used noun?

While reading George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones I stumbled upon this sentence: His voice cracked like a boy's. I think to remember from my English lessons in school ...
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“Ask me anything” and “Ask anything to me”

There are some sentences I hear regularly: Ask me anything Ask anything to me. If you ask me whether he was right, I would tell you "No". If you ask me about whether he was right, .... ...
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Take my photo, take a photo of me

Please tell me, is there any difference when saying take his photo and take a photo of him? To me, the first one sounds awkward.
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You can contact John, Jane or me (myself) for more information [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it correct to use “yourself” and “myself” (versus “you” and “me”)? In a conversation, how is is correct to say: ...
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Why is the accusative case used for a “topic”?

If I were to write a book about myself, Me would be a more natural-sounding title than I. Also, we say the us-vs.-them mentality instead of the we-vs.-they mentality.
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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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“All our X” vs. “all of our X”

Is the word "of" optional in this instance? Is either of these considered preferable to the other? Taste all our delicious treats. Taste all of our delicious treats.
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“Skills that are useful” or “skills those are useful”?

I am used to using the phrase that is a lot, for example: "I have a skill that is useful in this situation". What if I use a plural form? What is the correct sentence of the following two? I ...
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Is the sentence “Whose your daddy” interchangeable with “Who's your daddy”?

Me and a friend are arguing about this case and I'm trying to make the point that a sentence such as: Whose your daddy Is incorrect because the pronoun whose means of which and not who is. My ...
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is it correct to use 'one' in a paragraph beginning then move to 'I'?

In a paragraph, is the following usage of one and I correct? The following are the first two sentences of a paragraph which goes on to stay in the first person: In primary school one moves outside ...
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Is “for all who” grammatical? [closed]

The context is: The blog for all who want to learn German. I feel like this is not correct, but the only alternative I can think of is: The blog for all those who want to learn German. ...
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Should sentence-to-sentence allusions allude only to subjects?

For example, "My friends asked me to kick his butt. He was just a scrawny kid, though. I didn't want to fight him." vs., "My friends wanted me to kick his butt. They're jerks. I don't know why ...
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“one or other” -correct or incorrect?

This is a sentence taken from one book: He saw one or other of the men. Can it be considered correct? To my ears "one or other" doesn't seem grammatical. There's "one or another" or "one or the ...
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“I want it rather than him”?

What's a good way to write a sentence like the following: I want it rather than him. where I mean that "I want (to have) it rather than him (having it)," and don't want the sentence to be ...
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“I will” or “I shall” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “shall” versus “will”? I have learnt in school we should use shall with I, you and we. But I often see people saying I will, ...
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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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Plural form of “someone”'?

someone Used for referring to a person when you do not know or do not say who the person is. So in the sentence: I will need someone from different continents who can help me to spread ...
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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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What does “work it” mean?

This is quoted from an U.S. TV series. Warden: Brad. Brad (Captain): Any updates? Warden: None. They were last seen at that cemetery in Oswego. Brad: They'll get them. They'll get them. Warden: ...
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“I give it to him who came first” vs. “to he who came first” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is grammatically correct: “Let he who…” or “Let him who…” Should the pronoun be "him" because it's the object (gave it to ...
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“You and ME” Versus “YOU and I” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct, “you and I” or “you and me”? “Me and my wife” or “my wife and me” Is this sentence correct "All I ...
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Pronoun to use in a one-person report (“I”, “we”, something else) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Style Question: Use of “we” vs. “I” vs. passive voice in a dissertation When I am writing a report I usually use we. What if the project is ...