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

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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 ...
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Inversion in “only [adverb] have they”

I have seen this construction quite often: Online ads have been around since the dawn of the Web, but only in recent years have they become the rapturous life dream of Silicon Valley. What ...
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What does “Toff's error” mean?

"He's invited the wife and I" and other similar sentences are referred to as Toff's error. What is, precisely, the meaning of this term?
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Is “iff” considered a real word or just an abbreviation?

I wonder if "iff" is considered a real word (as LEO says) or is it just an abbreviation (as in Wiktionary)?
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Incorporating indirect third person pronouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? I am sure this has been asked before, I ...
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Use of “which” in a sample phrase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Other ways of saying whichs Is the following grammatically correct? Sampling was mainly random, with the exception of some services which indexes, calculated with ...
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'All that' vs 'all what' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “all that” vs. “all what” How can I be sure when to use 'all that' or 'all what' in making sentences. Is there any differences in their meaning. ...
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Is “it makes it easy to do …” good English?

There are two "it"s in this sentence, but they refer to different things. Is this considered good English? If not, what's a better way to express the same meaning?
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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.