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

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What's the right possessive pronoun for “nobody”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? None as plural indefinite pronoun Should ...
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“Neither” and “either” usage in negative sentence

I would like to make sure I understood the usage of these: Do you want A or B? I do not want either. [none of them] I want neither. [Can I say that?]
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There is a new search of which I've become aware / .. I've become aware of? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition? I would like to know which is correct and why: There is a new search of which I've become aware. or ...
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“Some” — singular vs plural

After reading "Is everyone" singular or plural?", I would refrain from asking this question, but the husband of a colleague of mine (English professor, native speaker of British English) stated ...
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How do I make correct referencing?

I often have problems with article words referencing to its correct referent. In the following statement for example: The touching scenes in the film leaves the audience a heavy feeling, ...
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Whatever/everything/anything..how to find out?

I am desperate because I just cannot find the way how to know which one is correct. E.g.: Do whatever/everything/anything you like. Do your best whatever/everything/anything you do. Stop doing ...
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Can I use “any” in this example?

I know "any" is used only in plural (questions or negation) or for uncountable nouns OR if it expresses "whichever"/"every. But what about this? Is there any document describing that? //can I use it? ...
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Is “So far as concerns something” the same as “So far as something is concerned”?

The following excerpt is from an article of Harry Frankfurt who is a professor from Princeton University: Especially by pretentious word or deed: There are two points to notice here. First, Black ...
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How should I understand this “that” clause?

The following sentence is from an article of Harry Frankfurt who is a professor from Princeton University: It must be part of the point of saying that humbug is "short of lying," that while it has ...
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“By whom?” vs. “Who by?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for using “who” or “whom”? With who vs. With whom Are “by whom?” and “who by?” perfect equivalents? I have the feeling ...
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Do you use he/she or it to refer to ghost?

If I have a sentence: There are many stories which have been told about a ghost that haunted this castle. Strangely, ... (the ghost) has never appeared in front of my face for 10 years. I ...
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“People who” vs “people which” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use 'that' 'which' or 'who' in this sentence? Should I use "who" or "which"? I'm leaning to "who", but I'm not sure... If you're not ...
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Am I using “that” too often? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there rules about using “that” to join two clauses? "That" is a very difficult word for me. I keep feeling compelled to add it in just about any sentence ...
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That vs Which when talking about a subject [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it appropriate to use 'that' as opposed to 'which'? This is actually the title of a question I just asked a minute ago ::- ). While writing it, I ...
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Is it appropriate to refer to a person of unknown sex by “it”?

I would like to treat a user as a non-gender noun and refer to it with the gender-neutral pronoun, it. E.g., The user defines two variables, x and y. It then multiplies each variable by a prime ...
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Is this use of whomever correct?

I take pride in my ability to deliver a warm and friendly welcome to whomever I meet. My reasoning is that I am doing the meeting and the object is merely being met, hence whomever.
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Usage of “its” and “their” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? Is “staff” plural? When a political candidate gets an endorsement from a newspaper, the ...
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What does “them” refer to here?

Please consider the following sentence. I summarize these topics in the conclusions, with hopes that others will research them further. Does “them” refer to the “topics,” or does it refer to ...
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'We care for us' or 'We care about us'?

'We care for us' or 'We care about us'? What sentence is actually right? Maybe both sentences are good?
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“Myself” vs. “by myself”

I get confused with the following. Any explanation would be greatly appreciated. I can't do it myself. I can't do it by myself.
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Help reworking a sentence to make it less ambigious

Are there any rules governing what the "which" refers to in a sentence like this: Every five minutes, the Node.js application posts a JSON document to my CouchDB instance which looks like: ...
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1st or 3rd person in CV/résumé? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it normal in English to talk about oneself in the third person in these cases? I’m currently preparing my CV in English. I’m not a native English speaker, and I ...
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Does this sentence require the pronoun 'they'?

I have the following sentence: There were several dominoes—some so precariously placed that I'd swear should have toppled over. I believe it's correct, but when read quickly or out loud, ...
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Is the use of “who” correct in this sentence?

"The Turk is chess engine who can interact with user interfaces which support Winboard protocol at the moment" I feel that which can be used instead of who but I'm not sure. If that's not ...
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“It is having time to think that makes me depressed” — grammatical function of “that”?

It is having time to think that makes me depressed. In this sentence, what is the grammatical function of the word that?
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“It” vs. “this” [closed]

If I am sharing a (specific, identified) status update, which would be the most appropriate way of informing people that I will be sharing it: I am sharing it. or I am sharing this. In ...
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Can “whose” refer to a first-person subject in the third person?

This question came from a friend. It is from a college entrance exam for non-native English speakers. Link the following sentences with "whose": I was a small kid. My classmates laughed at ...
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Can the feminine pronouns be gender-neutral? [closed]

I know this sounds weird but I've been noticing a lot of texts on the Internet like this one: "Any citizen is concerned with her well-being ...". The word in question is "her". To me it seems like in ...
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What possessive pronouns do have an apostrophe?

I was explaining it's vs. its to someone the other day, and I said "None of the pronouns (his, hers, theirs, yours, its, whose, ...) has an apostrophe." Later I got to wondering whether that was ...
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What do ‘it’ ‘on’ ‘off’ mean in “it’ll be on with the old Invisibility Cloak and off to find out what he’s –“

I have trouble understanding the bold part. Harry has a magical map by which he can see where others are. He is looking at the map and paying attention to his enemy schoolboy, Malfoy. ”Well, I’m ...
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Using “any” with positive sentence [closed]

Everyone can do it. Nobody can do it. The both sentences are very clear. I understand what they mean. Anyone can do it But I feel a little confused about this sentence. What does it mean? ...
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“This paper” vs “That paper” in an abstract

I'm writing an absctract for a paper. In Portuguese we write esse trabalho (that paper) to indicate that the paper is near the person that we are adressing. We use este trabalho (this paper) to ...
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“that” or “this”

I know a trivial difference of "that" and "this" uses. Such as the difference between "this chair" and "that chair". But I don't understand one case. When one person is coming into a room and another ...
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Use of “it” and “its” for people and animals

Can I use it and its for people? Example: The fear is the essential attribute of a human nature. It figures a crucial role in its survival. where its means human's. Can I use it and its for ...
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“Me and my wife” or “my wife and me”

Which is correct: me and my wife or my wife and me? The sentence in which this is used is Ms. Smith informed me and my wife that she was afraid of being accosted.
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“You know more about this than me/I” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can run faster than _. (1) him (2) he? Which is correct? You know more about this than me. You know more about this than I. The second sounds unnatural, but ...
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Sentence Construction: “Just Because … Does Not Mean”

I've already found an entry on this here. However, it does not solve my problem: I just read an entry on "cross platform" from Wikipedia, in which it wrote: Just because a particular operating ...
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Somebody/someone gets/get *

Which is correct: "Somebody gets punished" or "Somebody get punished?" I have the same question with respect to "Someone gets" and "Someone get." Is there a rule which applies to this kind of ...
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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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Why do we use “its” for possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why doesn't “its” have an apostrophe? Generally, there is an apostrophe when someone possesses something: That's Gerald's cat. Gerald's cat is ...
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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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“Whoever able”?

A friend of mine wrote Whoever able to understand these few words [...] may draw my attention. First, I told him to write "Anyone who is able to understand [...]", but he said he wants to keep ...
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Why do we say “of mine/of his” instead of “of me/of him”?

He's a friend of mine. That's a car of his. Why do we use the possessive when the meaning would be the same while not using it (e.g. a friend of me and a car of him)? I thought maybe it is ...
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“It was great seeing you.” “You too.” Why not “Me too”?

In response to "It was great seeing you," why do people say "you, too" instead of "me, too?"
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Is the singular “they” acceptable in formal writing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? I am linking to this post for reference. ...
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Is Anyone/ Who is used together?

The course is for anyone who is interested in learning about computers. Is there an error in the above sentence formation? Or can we just say: The course is for anyone interested in learning ...
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Is “you and I” the subject in this sentence?

I know that "you and I" should be used when it's the subject of a sentence, and "you and me" when it's a complement. But I'm not sure about the following phrase: We are very good pals, you and I. ...
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“…as you and I am” versus “…as you and I are”

Which is the correct usage to end the following sentence? [person] is not as [adjective] as you and I [am/are]. I'd also like to see some good fill-in-the-blanks.
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When referring to a specific war (or other named event), should the word “war” be capitalized when it appears alone?

The Cold War instilled a fear of nuclear war in the public; additionally, the [war] was responsible for an extreme anti-Communist sentiment that lingers to this day. Should the bracketed instance ...
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Proper way to handle plurals with “whose”

I came up (re)phrasing a question like this : What's so special about directories whose name begins with a dot? But now, I'm wondering whether this is correct handling of plurals or not. Should ...