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

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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 ...
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Use of “me” vs. “I” in comparisons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can run faster than _____. (1) him (2) he? I was using this sentence with an ease until my teacher scolded that this is wrong. He said to use I in place of me as ...
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how to refer a person with undefined sex? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? The title is a little confused because I don't know how to explain in one line, ...
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“He and I”, “Him and me” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “My friends and I” vs. “My friends and me” vs. “Me and my friends” Somebody taught me a rule of thumb how to discern if I should use "I" or "Me" when adding self to the ...
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“Be them” or “be they”? [closed]

Which of the following is grammatical? He had lollies be they red or blue? He had lollies be them red or blue? It seems as if it could be them as an object of be.
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Usage of “there” in English [closed]

E.g., in the sentence: There is no alternative. Wikipedia says: The word there is used as a pronoun in some sentences, playing the role of a dummy subject, normally of an intransitive verb. ...
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Why does “it” have a dehumanizing connotation?

There are a number of questions here on gender neutral pronouns, and one of the things that always comes up is that "it" should never be used to refer to a person (usually an adult). The general ...
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Jim and Myself? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it correct to use “yourself” and “myself” (versus “you” and “me”)? Doubt about the subject in this phrase: I, me, or myself? Use of “myself” in business-speak ...
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“If someone…they can” vs. “if anyone…they can” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know when to use “someone” or “anyone”? In what contexts would it be correct/appropriate to say, "If someone [does or wants to do something] they can" as opposed ...
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Themselves or them?

Today, I wanted to write: It's really unfortunate that most people cling to something that is not themselves just to get what they want. Then after writing this, I had this weird feeling that ...
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Why is the pronoun required in the sentence “I know it is…”? [closed]

I am volunteering for an ESL program and one of my students wrote: I know is very rare. As a native English speaker, I know that "it" is required. But I'm struggling to come up with an ...
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“Managers are one group to which” vs. “managers are one group to whom”

Which of the following is grammatical? Managers are one group to which these findings are relevant. Managers are one group to whom these findings are relevant.
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“These stuff” vs. “this stuff” [closed]

I wrote “I know all these stuff; I don’t have to go over them again” in my writing-exam paper and the teacher corrected it to read, “I know all this stuff; I don’t have to go over it again.” The ...
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Proper use of pronouns and conjunctions

Could someone please verify the grammar in this sentence? Particularly the use of 'her' (should it be she?) and the implied 'her' after the and. Should there be a second 'her'? "They sought treatment ...
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“This summer” versus “last summer” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which day does “next Tuesday” refer to? This is October. We went to the hill station this year's (2012) summer. Now, how do I say this to others. I have been saying this ...
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Should I use a pronoun in the second sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it acceptable to omit “I” when it’s the subject? I'm chatting with my friend, and I want to say to him that I want to go to shower and I'll be back soon. What is ...
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“Try forming this shape using [that/it]. [It/that] will match any virus!”

I'm working on a mobile game, and I was wondering about the best way to say the quote below: You see that shiny ball full of colors? Try forming this shape using that. That will match any ...
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Usage of “it” pronoun for animals [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use of “it” and “its” for people and animals I’m an Italian working in an English-speaking company. In school here they usually teach us to refer to animals using the it ...
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“I”, “me” and “myself” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “My friends and I” vs. “My friends and me” vs. “Me and my friends” Can “myself” stand for both “me” and “I” in “my mother and I/me”? ...
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“Thank you for your coming” and “Thank you for your understanding” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Thank you for coming” and “Thank you for your coming” The first one seems ungrammatical, as pointed by some of native speakers. But the latter ...
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“Thank you for coming” and “Thank you for your coming”

Consider "Thank you for coming" and "Thank you for your coming". Would the latter one be grammatical? Why? Is it possible to recognize latter "coming" as noun? Some say you need no pronoun because it ...
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Proper usage of pronouns

As an ESL student, sometimes I wonder whether I use too many pronouns. For example: She grabbed her purse, she took some money and then she went to buy some groceries. After that she returned ...
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“Whoever” Vs. “Whomever”

On the subject of "whoever" and "whomever", I was reading this but I am still confused: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/whoever.asp What is the correct use of whoever/whomever in the following ...
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When to use “we” and “us” — specific SAT example [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can run faster than _. (1) him (2) he? I am confused about the usage of the words 'we' and 'us'. I am using a Princeton Review 11 SAT tests 2011 edition, practice test ...
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Why “me” instead of “my” in pirate speech?

I don’t understand the usage in constructions like “Spare meself, me ship, me crew” in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Is it a dialect or “bloody pirate’s speech” or what?
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Repeating “I” in an enumeration of attributes

Since I like staying up until late at night, waking up late, and generally [I] am more of a nocturnal type of person… Is the I in the square brackets necessary, or can it be omitted? Personally, I ...
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Everyone Else's Lives

It would seem as though this is incorrect, since we each only have one life. Is my intuition correct that it should be everyone else's life and not everyone else's lives?
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Can a “who” act as both a pronoun and a conjunction at the same time?

Example: I will sue the person who murdered my neighbour. In the preceding example, should we treat who as a relative pronoun, a conjunction, or both?
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How did the practice of identifying an object after using a pronoun evolve?

While watching Barclay's Premier League matches on the Fox Soccer Channel, the announcers often identify an object by name immediately after using a pronoun. For example, in a match occuring right ...
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“What day is it today?” vs. “What day is today?”

Which of the following is grammatical? What date/day is it today? What date/day is today?
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Personal pronouns for animals

In my native language German, every animal has an article. This is understandable, if one wants for example to distinguish a male pig (boar) from a female pig (sow). But if one just talks about the ...
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Choosing between 'I' and 'me' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct, “you and I” or “you and me”? Which one is correct to say: “It's me” or “It's I”? “It is ...
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Is there a name for the practice of dropping pronouns in written speech?

I’m specifically thinking about emails I receive all day where someone will write: Haven’t seen it yet. Will respond when received. If it were spoken, we would certainly hear: I haven’t ...
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“He is better than _____.” (1) I (2) I am?

Which of the following constructions is / are correct? He is better than I. He is better than I am. PS: I'm unfamiliar with this site and its workings, so forgive me if my question fails to follow ...
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'Him or herself' v. 'himself or herself'?

I was reading this article on the New York Times. This sentence caused me some confusion: But what I’m teaching are topics such as 5th-century Indian theories of logical inference, or the ...