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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

2
votes
2answers
64 views

“Older version of me” vs. “older version of myself”

I wrote: "...," said an older version of me. But a native speaker of English — which I am not — replaced the me with myself. Can someone tell me which one is correct and why?
1
vote
2answers
56 views

Referring pronoun in multiple clauses sentence

"I have learned that when a newborn baby holds, with its little hand, his father’s finger, it has trapped him for the rest of his life." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014) The word ...
14
votes
4answers
21k views

Difference between Thee and thou?

What is the difference between thee and thou and how are they used?
2
votes
1answer
44 views

“X in Japan is different from [that/those] in other countries”

I was wondering if the following sentence is clear: The book industry in Japan is very different from [that/those] in many other western countries. My questions are: Is it correct to use that ...
0
votes
2answers
34 views

using has to or have to [closed]

I have example of two sentences here He has to write a report.' with he, she,it we will be using has. but why we are using have here instead of has with "She" She doesn't have to wear a uniform ...
65
votes
5answers
6k views

What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?

I can never figure out whether I should use who and whom. Most people use who for both colloquially, but that’s not correct. What’s the rule for using who and whom correctly?
0
votes
2answers
17 views

Correct usage it Or that

I am unsure, should I use pronoun it or that at the end of this sentence. The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve it/that.
0
votes
0answers
10 views

Meaning of “call it” in The Avengers [migrated]

I have been studying English by reading The Avengers script. Here are two passages. The Avengers look up, watching as more Leviathans and hundreds of warriors fly through the portal. — Natasha: ...
74
votes
9answers
4k views
0
votes
1answer
33 views

My and Linda's or Mine and Linda's? [duplicate]

How do you use possessive pronouns in cases where there are multiple "owners" and "objects" in question? For example would it be: "I've included my and Linda's suggestions in the file" or "I've ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

Condescending “we”

What is the term for the condescending usage of "we" that essentially means "you"? For example, when talking to a child, you might say "we need to be on our best behavior." A slight variant could be ...
1
vote
3answers
123 views

Pronoun for antedecents of different gender connected with “or” ,“either… or…”

I know that the sentence "David or Michael forgot to take his parasol" is correct. But what about the case when two opposite genders are connected by or? David or Alice forgot to take _ parasol. ...
-1
votes
1answer
33 views

can the pronoun I be use alone to answer a question who? [duplicate]

If I am asked, who is going to the wedding? can I just say "I"?
0
votes
0answers
27 views

As/so sth as: subjective or objective pronoun?

Which of the following is the correct grammar usage? We scored as many runs as they. We scored as many runs as them? Wren and Martin says nothing about this case. Please explain the rule ...
10
votes
7answers
606 views

Using “them” instead of “those”

Background: Nowadays, I see this usage a lot. I don't know if it was this common in the past. For example: "one of them people" When I did a research about it, some people say it comes from a ...
1
vote
2answers
229 views

Either + plural noun + plural verb

I know that "either" is singular as is "neither". But I've seen it used as a plural pronoun. Take this sentence for example: It's the only chance either of us have of getting home. Is this usage ...
8
votes
4answers
3k views

Is “Them’s fighting words” a right and received English expression?

I came across the phrase ‘Them’s fighting words,’ in the beginning part of a Time magazine (July 12) article in its Swampland section under the title “Don’t mess with the stimulus! It had all your ...
243
votes
6answers
73k views

Did English ever have a formal version of “you”?

From the top of my head, Danish "De" (practically never used), German "Sie", Chinese "您", French "vous", Spanish "usted" are a formal way of addressing someone, especially if one isn't familiar with ...
-3
votes
0answers
28 views

Why do people say that “sensical” is not a word? [duplicate]

Nonsensical is obviously a word, and it's a negative connotation. Why can't something be sensical if it can be nonsensical? There's uninviting, but inviting is correct, isn't it? I see many books on ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

Should I use “me” or “myself” here?

I know that many questions on topics similar to this one have been asked before, but I have read many of them and still not able to solve my problem. You could attribute it to my poor command of ...
4
votes
1answer
89 views

These vs those before nouns

I have been tutuoring a Chinese boy in English, and I am having trouble explaining to the kid why he shouldn't be using the word, "those", as much as he is. The kid: Those two strategies help ...
2
votes
2answers
96 views

Plural indefinite pronouns?

Can some indefinite pronouns be plural? One commenter on Mr K's Grammar World says they cannot. He also says the following examples contain quantifiers, and not indefinite pronouns. Many have ...
4
votes
4answers
516 views

Are there cases where a possessive pronoun is omitted?

Are there cases where the possessive adjective is omitted in a sentence, or is it always used? For example, in a sentence like "Susan was walking with her hands in her pockets", is it necessary to ...
2
votes
2answers
169 views

Reflexive pronouns and understood “to be”

So, I've got a fairly straightforward sentence: Poe did not think himself a writer of inferior material. It is my understanding that "a writer of inferior material" is the object of the ...
3
votes
4answers
112 views

Why did the KJV use “thou” toward God?

The word "thou" (and similar variations of the Latin tu in other languages) was used between people for informal speech, and talking to people of lower standing. So why did people use it (most ...
3
votes
5answers
80 views

We, he and I vs. us, him and me

The sentence is, Our Supervisor finally noticed that it was we, Kim and I, who always turn in our reports on time. Should it actually be you and me or you and I?
1
vote
2answers
51 views

Posessive of multiple objects by one Noun and one pronoun

*As far as I can tell, not a duplicate of either of these two similar questions. Very close (maybe duplicate, but I don't quite think so) of this question. I want to construct a sentence, where ...
14
votes
3answers
45k views

Is “everyone” singular or plural?

Which is correct? Everyone were convinced that he would go to the game. Everyone was convinced that he would go to the game. I think it's "was", because "everyone" is singular, but I just ...
11
votes
3answers
13k views

How do you make the possessive form with “He and I”-style subjects?

Despite being a native speaker of American English, I cannot find a construction that sounds natural when trying to form a possessive from coordinated subjects including a first person pronoun, like ...
0
votes
3answers
79 views

“I want [pronoun] [adjective]” vs “I want [pronoun] to be [adjective]”

Take these two sentences. 1.I want him dead. 2.I want him to be dead. What is the differences between two sentences? What does the "to be" mean?
1
vote
2answers
58 views

Isn't who/whose only used for people?

Why is the usage of "whose" correct in this sentence: In the foothills of that large mountain range are the sources of a river whose course was not fully mapped until this century. I was under the ...
0
votes
2answers
60 views

How to use pronouns correctly? [duplicate]

Choose the correct pronoun to complete the sentence. No other boy in our neighborhood runs as fast as (he, him). Choose the correct pronoun to complete the sentence. Who could make ...
5
votes
2answers
19k views

“Anyone has” or “anyone have” seen them? [closed]

So I thought I'm sure about this and my instincts say that: "If anyone has seen them .." would be right but then again when I said it like: "If anyone have seen them .." I started thinking which one ...
1
vote
2answers
51 views

Term for 'this', 'that', 'those', [closed]

What is the correct grammatical term for words such as 'this', 'that', 'those', etc.? I want to be able to caution my students that they must ensure that what these words refer to is clear (when ...
2
votes
4answers
113 views

Antedecent of “it” in “it fared with him as with the storm-tossed ship” in context

When on that shivering winter's night, the Pequod thrust her vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves, who should I see standing at her helm but Bulkington! I looked with sympathetic awe and ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

Which is correct? [duplicate]

Which is correct? Dear Jay, I was contacted by Sue on behalf of herself, John, and you. or Dear Jay, I was contacted by Sue on behalf of herself, John, and yourself.
0
votes
1answer
56 views

Which pronoun best completes the sentence? [duplicate]

Which pronoun best completes the sentence? Every woman received ____ prize. Is it her or their? Please explain
1
vote
3answers
207 views

“I like it that” vs. “I like that”

I want to express the following: You are blaming me for your lack of concern and I like that (in a sarcastic way). Which one of the following sentences would be correct? I like it that your ...
3
votes
4answers
369 views

Can an independent clause have an implied (or null) subject?

I'm trying to determine whether a clause with an implied subject can be considered independent - specifically in the case of compound sentences. For example: "I was tired, but went to the party ...
2
votes
3answers
270 views

“Was it a girl?” or “Was that a girl?”

Here's a conversation. "I saw a salesperson there" "Was it a girl?" Is it OK to use "it" when you refer to the salesperson? Or should you use "that" instead of "it"?
16
votes
4answers
7k views

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?
6
votes
4answers
4k views

Using the expression “the same” for a previously mentioned item

I frequently use "the same" as in the following sentence. I need the details of XYZ project. Could you please send me the same as soon as possible? Is this grammatically correct? I have not been ...
2
votes
2answers
124 views

All of us, including “me” or “I”

Which is better in this case, "me" or "I"? All of us, including me, have made mistakes. All of us, including I, have made mistakes. It seems that "I have made mistakes" makes more sense ...
8
votes
3answers
18k views

Should you use “who” or “that” when talking about multiple people doing something?

Which of the following is correct? There were 10 people that went to the store. There were 10 people who went to the store. Edit: Which of the following is correct? There were 10 ...
0
votes
2answers
37 views

problem about “that” / a conjunction? or r.pronoun?

I've a problem in the following text, please help me. A shroud is a piece of cloth that a dead person's body is wrapped in before it is buried. my problem is- is shroud a proper noun? And what ...
4
votes
2answers
217 views

Relative clause with “whose”

I just read the following sentence in a short-biography: "Peter was born in England in 1982, whose parents were from Japan and India." I think that the use of the relative pronoun "whose" is wrong ...
1
vote
1answer
541 views

“My one” vs Mine

I've heard someone say "Here's my one" instead of "Here's mine". Is the former grammatical? It seems like it's a shortcut for "Here's one that is mine".
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Should a company be referred to as “he/she” or as “it”?

When a customer represents a company, not a person, and a pronoun is needed to refer back to that customer, should one use he/she, or should one use it?
2
votes
2answers
91 views

Confused about When to Use “these” and “those” [duplicate]

Example #1 This site contains links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. NOTE: The links are on this site, but not on this page. The links are external links. Should I use ...
1
vote
2answers
111 views

The number of an uninflected pronoun

Case A: "There stands the boy who has two heads." Case B: "There stand the boys who have two heads." (If you are keeping count, the last two children have a total of four heads.) My question ...