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

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Is this phrase an appositive? And what case for the pronoun - We or Us?

One of my students wrote this sentence: "We should do something, both we students and the society." When I talked to her, I said that "we" should be "us", so I wrote the sentence like this: ...
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What's the correct pronoun for “people like us”?

In the sentence "people like us never wash […] hands", should the pronoun be "our" or "their"?
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Grammar Rules regarding the pronoun 'it'

"I want to be a doctor. I like helping people that's why I want to be it." "Where's your new iphone? Can you show me it?" What grammar rules govern the use of the pronoun 'it' in these sentences. They ...
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By taking one step at a time or by taking “it” one step at a time?

The sentence was written in a conclusion and the topic is about simple ways to keep healthy. "By taking it one step at a time, you'll be on your way to a more fulfilling life in no time." Does it ...
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Why does a pronoun as the predicate of an indirect object (e.g. “I gave her it”) sound wrong?

Forgive me if I've used the wrong terms in the title, I did my best given my middle-school grammar lessons and Wikipedia. "I gave her the book" sounds just fine, but "I gave her it" sounds stilted ...
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Would pronouns be objective or subjective in this sentence?

Sentence: John's entire plan was nothing more than him/he and me/I walking by his neighbors' houses armed with twenty-eight inches of potentially bone-crushing sports equipment. Should I ...
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Is “whichevereth” a word? [duplicate]

Whichevereth does not appear to be listed in dictionaries. With only a few Google hits, across a selection of informal texts and snippets, it is perhaps used to indicate that the speaker does not ...
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surpass he or his, possessive or pronoun

Mary and John were given the same task. In the end, Mary's work is better, and far exceeds his/him. Is "him" grammatically incorrect here?
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Reason for the current trend to use «she» as the gender-neutral pronoun?

There are some questions on gender-neutral pronouns both here and on Writers. User Christine Letts writes: In academia, there is currently a movement toward using the feminine pronoun at all ...
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“… a risk that it exists or will exist” - Sentence Wording

in the following piece of legislation, can you tell me if the correct grammar is being used? "A person acts recklessly within the meaning of section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 with respect to ...
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Can I use a contraction with names or only with subject pronouns?

I have a doubt. Can I use this contraction? Karen and Tony've got a computer Instead of the full form of have got : Karen and Tony have got a computer Which one should I use? Or, are both ...
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Which one of this is the correct use of “one” as a pronoun?

a. When one reads the Hindi literature of the twentieth century, he finds a striking contrast between the writings of Munshi Premchand and later day writers of popular Hindi fiction. b. When one ...
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Correct use of the pronoun “one”? [duplicate]

If one fails, then he must simply try harder. If one fails, then one must simply try harder. I have been trying to find the answer to this one for some time now. Some books and websites say second ...
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'A or B' - singular or plural

An obvious communicator assumes that the listener is unaware of background information or related issues, and therefore provides them in the advertisement. Its goal will be to create a positive mood ...
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Although the rule was made by “him” or “himself” [duplicate]

Although the rule was made by ....., the director rarely enforced it. Should it be "him" or "himself"?
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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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The film [that/which] I selected for viewing

The film that I chose for the class to watch is called The Life of Igor. The film which I chose for the class to watch is called The Life of Igor. —At the margins, are both correct? ...
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Gender in “Sun won't show its/his/her face” nowadays

The question concerns the usage of possessive pronouns in phrases like: Sun won't show its/his/her face much today. I saw this sentence using her in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and ...
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Which is correct: “This is her” or “This is she”?

Upon answering the telephone, the person calling asks if Joan is available. If Joan is the person who answered the phone, should she say "This is her" or "This is she"?
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What is the correct grammar: “we” or “us”

What is the correct grammar for this sentence fragment: "She needed we the taxpayers to pay...." "She needed us the taxpayers to pay...." because without "the taxpayers", the correct sentence would ...
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What is correct: using myself or I? [duplicate]

What is correct: we are waiting on dinner for myself and Jamie, or, we are waiting on dinner for Jamie and I?
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Under which conditions can “one” be used to refer to non human entity?

I've heard that one is understood as referring to people if one uses any one as in Q: Which of these ice cream flavors do you want? A: Any one. I understand that any one sounds like anyone, ...
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Is there a rule to determine to which word is a pronoun related? [duplicate]

In the following sentence: Dogs hate cats as they are naughty. does the pronoun "they" refer to dogs or cats? In other words, who is naughty here?
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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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It was he … / It was him [duplicate]

It was he who messed up everything. It was him who messed up everything. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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The pronoun before the antecedent

Joe says it helps, as the cost of the drug falls to 10$. Is this correct usage in a headline of a newspaper article? I know in some cases, it's fine for the pronoun to come before the antecedent, ...
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Gender neutral reflexive pronoun — equivalent to “himself” and “herself”

How would you refer to a gender neutral subject with a reflexive pronoun? It is unbelievable how a perpetrator will cast oneself in the role of victim. That does not seem right. Is there a ...
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Is the pronoun THAT used as anaphora or cataphora?

"When we analyzed all the news stories and removed just ONE STORY, here's how the world looked. What was THAT story? THE DEATH OF ANNA NICOLE SMITH. This story eclipsed every country except ...
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Help me figure out where to place 'object pronoun'?

I try to figure out if there is a need for placing "them" after the verb"translate"? 1)Regarding the list,it comes with partial Japanese that needs you to translate into English terms for our tech ...
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When saying “nominations are in”, what does “in” mean?

What does in mean in the following sentence? MTV Europe Music Awards nominations are in and Lady Gaga leads It feels like "announced", but does it refer to "in the news" or something? Where does ...
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You can't put a flower in an a**hole and call it a vase

I am not trying to be funny (other than the fact that the joke is, in and of itself, funny). I'm asking someone to parse this for me. Seems to me it should be something like, "You can't put a flower ...
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What is the origin of “summat”?

In Scottish English, I know that the word summat is used in place of standard something. But what's the etymology of this pronoun? It seems unlikely to me that summat could be merely a variant ...
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Is it correct to say “Me and my friend, we…”?

I know normally to use: "My friend and I went shopping." But what about when we make it into: "My friend and I, we went shopping." It seems to me that in this structure, we could or should ...
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Should I prefer “my” or “our” when the object (a kid, a house) is “co-owned” by two people both present?

I was sitting on a couch between the wife and the husband of an old married couple (native English Londoners) and they were showing me pictures of their kids. They kept using phrases like here is ...
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Can “whose” refer to an inanimate object?

We lit a fire whose fuel was old timber wood. Is the word whose referring to fire, an inanimate object, correct in this sentence? Or is there a more appropriate word?
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“Each” in potential subject position in compound sentence always pronoun?

This question is related to: "Each" — pronoun or adverb The sentence in that question is: M and W are letters and each has 4 strokes In that sentence, how do we know that “each” is a ...
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noun-pronoun agreement

Like the planets, the stars are in motion, some of them at tremendous speeds, but they... Just based on the above, how can we tell which noun the pronoun they refers to: planets or stars? Is ...
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What is the correct pronoun agreement?

I'd like to double check the sentence. What is wrong with this pronoun agreement: Whichever of the six players hit the most home runs, they win the contest. Is it correct?
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The rule for the pronoun use after the comma

I am always confused whether I can leave the pronoun in or out after the comma. Michael, Anthony, Scarlet, and Bill combed half the parking lot, but (do I need a pronoun they) couldn’t find the ...
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What does this “it” refer to?

Furthermore, Gilbert’s vibrant description of Naples’s pizza makes it sound unique and delicious. Does the "it" in the sentence above refer to the description or the pizza? Would it be better ...
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How to determine the right meaning of 'no not I' ? (1762, UK)

Source: The original Miller of Dee from Bickerstaffe's "Love in a village" (1762) There dwelt a miller, hale and bold, beside the river Dee; He danced and sang from morn till night, no lark so ...
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Can I refer to the object of the previous list item with “it”?

Is it ambiguous to use it to refer to the dog in the following sentence? I was seen driving the car, hitting the dog, and burying it.
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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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Which is correct, “you and I” or “you and me”?

When the phrase is used as an object, why so many native speakers are saying "you and I" instead of "you and me"? I'm not a native speaker but I thought "you and me" is correct. Not sure if this falls ...
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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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Is “whosoever” used correctly in the following sentence?

Is "whosoever" used correctly in the following sentence? Is this sentence correct as a whole? Whosoever monk or priest sees this, may s/he take it, I've offered. The context is: A man, in order ...
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Can “another” be used as a subject? [closed]

For example, there are two groups of people, a group travels to a foreign country just to enjoy beautiful attractions or take part in interesting festivals, and another goes to a new place to ...
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Why is “them” and not “those” correct?

I have been preparing for the SAT, and this question has been confusing me a lot lately. Some scissors (A) are designed for left-handed use, although most (B) of them (C) sold in stores (D) are ...
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Are 'third person singular pronouns' optional?

I took a English test in a non-English speaking country. There was a problem with a picture. In the picture, a girl whose name is Ann says, My knife doesn't cut well. The question asked: "What ...